Rising gospel artiste ropes in Senior Lecturer


HARARE - Rising gospel musician Elias Kufazvinei has roped in veteran singer and guitarist Nicholas “Senior Lecturer” Zakaria for his second album titled Najesu Zvinoita.

Kufazvinei said working with Zakaria helped him to build his character as well as his career, which he feels will never be the same again following invaluable lessons and tips he got from the seasoned musician.


“I have learnt a lot and gained experience by working with Mukoma Zakaria on the new album and I have improved greatly on my second album,” he said in an interview with the Daily News.

Zakaria — also known as Madzibaba by his legion of fans — is featured on one song titled Celebrity on the seven-track album produced by Gibson Makumbe.  

The youthful musician, who is greatly inspired by Charles Charamba, said he started singing at a tender age in primary school and later developed his talent at church in the praise and worship team.

“I started listening to Charamba when I was very young and you can tell from my two albums that my voice, lyrics and instrumentation are all inspired by him,” he said.

Kufazvinei said his first album Wekutanga was well received by the market but he hopes the new one will do extremely well due to the effort and collaborations he did with seasoned musicians.

The new album is currently being marketed through AFM churches and individual sales.

Kufazvinei, a tenth born in a family of 13 children, urged other upcoming musicians to prioritise discipline and hard work for them to build successful careers.

“Things in life need hard work and dedication. Shungu will take you somewhere. Look at me now, while growing up in the rural areas I never imagined I would be where I am now,” he said.

The Chitungwiza-based musician supplements his income by singing at weddings and he dreams of touring the world preaching the gospel through music.

“I am confident that one day I will be able to go beyond our borders and share my talent with Christians in other countries,” he said.

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