'I'm still married to my music'

HARARE - Young “Igwe”, the son of the late popular sungura star Tongai Moyo says he is currently “married” to his music career, hence there is no space for a wife yet.

“It has never really occurred to me that I should rush to marry,” said Peter Moyo aka Young Igwe.

“I am currently tied to my music and its development — marriage is out of the question as of now.”

Peter will this weekend be holding three key commemoration music concerts for his late father starting on Friday in Kwekwe. On Saturday he dates Kodoma with the big bang bash set for Harare Gardens on Sunday.

The sungura singer said three years after his father passed on, he has worked hard to perfect his music career.

“I think I have achieved a lot since then. I was coached to play the guitar and vocalising by Pastor Charles Charamba.

“I attended a number of sessions with him at his home studio and since then my sound has improved. He taught me a lot of techniques including song composition. Today I can play the guitar for four hours, it is quite an achievement.”

When Tongai passed on three years ago, Peter was a mere driver for his Utakataka band. He, however, left Peter a full band, music instruments and vehicles.

“But I had to learn everything to do with the actual music business from scratch and these three years have been mixed with learning how to play, compose, entertaining fans and managing the band.

“Naturally, I had to develop in phases, restructure the band and stage work to suit my style. But I am there now since I have released my debut album, Mushonga Mukuru.”

Peter said a music video for his debut album will be launched on Friday to coincide with the beginning of his father’s commemoration. “We included Togai’s song Toita Baba on the new video, but four of them are from my debut album.”

Peter said his father worked closely with the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe and as such he was thinking of approaching the institute so he could donate part of the proceeds from the Kwekwe and Kadoma concerts to them.

“There are many people dying of cancer in the villages around Kwekwe and Kadoma. We hope to donate something after the concerts as a way of recognising my father’s association with the institution. The funds would help in outreach and awareness programmes,” said Peter.

He also has fond memories of his home town, Kwekwe. “My father used to work at Kwekwe General Hospital before he became a musician, so I have plans to partner the institution and help raise funds.

“We will engage hospital authorities to see how best we can help them, maybe through fundraising concerts.”

While the annual Tongai Moyo commemorations were launched in 2012 with participation mainly from sungura and gospel music acts, this year, it has an interesting dimension with the Harare Gardens concert on Sunday featuring dancehall singers who would ride on what they have dubbed the Tongai Moyo riddim.

All the dancehall acts, among them Killer T, Kinnah, Shinsoman and Tocky Vibez will lead a pack of rising stars lyrics about the late Tongai as they ride on what will be a highlight considering the popularity of the Zim dancehall genre in Zimbabwe today.

The Charambas, Pastor Charles and wife Olivia have been guest performers at past Tongai Moyo commemorations and on Sunday they will be at the Harare Gardens concert to remember Tongai.

The Harare Gardens concert will also showcase four talented divas — Motswana birds Slizer and Charma Girl and two of our own controversial girls — Bev and Zoey.

Slizer has vivid memories of last year’s showcase where Bev outclassed her on the stage and I am sure she has been preparing enough not to be embarrassed.

Bev can dance and so can Zoey, and the divas are there to surprise fans as they have released their debut solo albums.

As a commemoration to a great sungura musician, the musical package at the Harare Gardens incorporates several sungura music acts led by entertainer Alick Macheso, Somandla Ndebele, First Farai and Tryson Chimbetu.

“The musicians participation varies each concert because we want as many musicians to have a chance to perform.

“Those music acts residing in Kwe- Kwe will participate in the musical happening in their town and so are those from Kadoma and Harare,” said Peter.

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