Shiga Shiga goes solo

HARARE - Shiga Shiga, real name Gift Katulika, finally launched his solo career last week with an album titled Two Years Later.

Shiga Shiga made a name in the showbiz circuit while he performed with the late Tongai Moyo and briefly worked with Peter Moyo before he joined Energy Mutodi.

The album launch held at City Sports Bar, was fairly attended by artistes including his former boss Energy Mutodi, First Farai, Somandla Ndebele, Howard Pinjisi, David Machowa aka Apama Styles, Jonasi Kasamba, Obvious Mutani, Zoey Sifelani and Pax Gomo among others.

Songs making up the album include Two Years Later, Mwana Dzidza, Zvakunakidza, Muzita Rashe, Rudo Kuwedzera, Tinodanana, Hende Tese and a bonus track titled The Intro.

Katulika came to Zimbabwe with the Congolese group Lumbumbashi Stars in the early 90s, together with Extra Kwazvose chanter and lead vocalist Jonasi Kasamba and they fell in love with the country.

He then joined Tongai Moyo and worked with the group Utakataka Express for several years.

After Moyo’s departure in 2011, Katulika briefly worked with Tongai Moyo’s son Peter before being lured by flamboyant businessman-cum-singer Mutodi.

Katulika then joined Beverly Sibanda of Sexy Angels and assisted on her debut album Tapinda but this did not last as Sibanda relinquished her career to concentrate on church business.

He also worked with Zoey on her first album Tatsemukira before launching his own project Two Years Later.

During the album launch, upcoming sungura musician Jacob Moyana, who broke into limelight as a result of releasing controversial songs such as Munotidako, was a favourite at Shiga Shiga’s album launch.

Moyana performed as an opening act to the former Utakataka Express chanter where revellers fell in love with the song Munotidako from his debut solo album with the same title.

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