Ranga of R and K now changed man

HARARE - Musician Rangarirai Sagombeto of Tina fame is now a changed man. He is slowly moving to be a gospel artiste.

He told the Daily News that it is high time for him to work for the Almighty.

“I am glad I found Christ in December last year. I am a born-again father who is different from the old Ranga. I used to drink beer and smoke but now I decided to forget about my past life and give my life to God,” said the Tina hit maker.

Sagombeto is a member of the Victory Church International.

“I take part in church choir and as a church we are currently working on a new eight-track gospel album which we hope to release soon. The album is a cocktail of music — it is a fusion of rhumba, R n’B and a bit of sungura genres,” he said.

Nevertheless the Musimboti singer announced his resounding comeback to the hectic showbiz industry.

“I am back in the country to revive my music legacy. I crossed national borders some years ago and I was in South Africa where I was employed as a truck driver."

Despite working on a church project, Sagombeto is set to release a solo album featuring his all-time friend Kelvin ‘‘Kev’’ Chikowore who is expected in the country next month from South Africa.

“Next month we are set to release three albums, one for the church, the other for Kev featuring me and my own project also featuring Kev,” he said.

He said chances of one R and K African Sounds band are still high but they prefer to feature each other as a way of maintaining their relationship.

“I am not enemies with Kev but it is only because we are now adults — we developed different interests and priorities in life, for this reason we find it worth not to operate as one band, so as to safe guard our relationship. I used to disparage other artistes like the late Naison and Simon Chimbetu, the Somanje brothers Daiton and Josphat for parting ways but now that I am into it I can understand better the reasons behind separation of groups,” he said.

He praised local music promoters for the good work of supporting both the upcoming and struggling artistes.

Regardless of spending time in South Africa, Sagombeto said he is happy with the response he is receiving from fans.

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