Fungisai set to release gospel, secular albums

HARARE - Throughout her 15-year gospel music career, Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave has never shied away from controversy.

The former Mutoko High School student has repeatedly divided public opinion by spotting dreadlocks and integrating the mbira sound into her music, acts viewed with skepticism by some Christians.

In keeping with her appetite for the unusual, the Makomborero singer will simultaneously release a gospel album and another one she has described as a “social album”.

“I will release the two albums in the first quarter of the year. I am still considering featuring other artistes and it is very simple. Even though I am done, we can still add other people’s voices,” she said.

The upcoming social album, which has been inspired by her training in sociology, follows a similar one titled Social Facts which she released in 2013.

“Being an artiste means being diverse,” Fungisai told the Daily News yesterday

“I believe in the power of art which has an appeal to different walks of life regardless of socio-cultural background and religious diversity. I am a Christian as well as a musician so I feel that I can reach to many people of different religions through music, hence my diversifying to general social music.”

Fungisai added that she also has a duty to cater for music fans that have no interest in gospel.

“This second album will certainly be an accompaniment to my obvious gospel album. The general social album is an effort to give the Zimbabwean music consumer different options,” she said.

Unlike other gospel artistes, Fungisai has no problems with collaborating with secular musicians.

In her last album, Social Facts, she did duets with Jah Prayzah and dub poet/musician Albert Nyathi.

The popular gospel artiste said her training in sociology makes her duty-bound to deliver positive music to fans of both gospel and secular music.

“After doing a research of my own, I realised there was need for me to take my music and positive messages to those people who would not even look at any Christian label music.

As a sociologist, I have composed social songs which I feel will add value to my society and yet they may not fall in the gospel songs bracket for example the song Zuva Rabuda on the album Social Facts,” she said.

Fungisai conceded that she has been criticised in the past for including social songs on gospel albums.

“These songs have accumulated over the years and I feel now is the time to compile them and package them as one positive message to society.

“I have often thrown in such songs as Mwanasikana Munhu, Zuva Rabuda and Zero Aids on my gospel albums and others have questioned what they had to do with the gospel, hence the need to group them as just social songs.”

The Bachelor of Sociology degree she got from Women’s University in Africa and the clothing boutique she opened in Harare recently have given Fungisai survival options beyond the world of music.

Comments (5)

kkkk haiwa mai ava the lengths she goes to kuda kurarama. Uchapedza hupenyu hwese uchiti ichi wabata wasiya, ichi wabata wasaya... asi chabuda hapana

kkkkk - 22 January 2015

sorry to tell you this shamwari, but in my opinion Fungisai is a GOOD musician & she is doing very well, hapana chaabata akasiya, she is singing & has always been singing, she will always be singing. usarwadziwe, hauzopore!

Timms - 23 January 2015

Fungisai, You almost had me fooled all these years, i was warming to your gospel music, but here we are, all along you were being used by an enticing spirit, your aim unbeknown to us was to capture, mesmerise, groom, feed with lies/deception then divert souls to your real master, you are child of Lucifer, and you are Jezebel, if this a genuine oversight, tear that album and bin it, dont even sell it, don't blow hot and cold, what has darkness to do with light. Stop your nonsense.

Msuunuu - 23 January 2015


Donato - 26 January 2015

each and every one of us got something to say but let fungisai follow her heart

kellyp pascal - 30 January 2015

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