Killer T — From conductor to stardom

HARARE - “Never despise the day of humble beginnings” — the proverbial and conventional saying applies well to multi-award winning Zimdancehall artiste Killer T as he started off as a mere commuter omnibus conductor.

Killer T, real name Kelvin Kusikwenyu who recently won four awards at the Zimdancehall Awards held at Club 1+1 in the capital recently told the Daily News on Sunday that he never knew that he was massively talented until he tried his luck in music.

The Mbare-based artiste was the biggest winner at the recently-held Zimdancehall Awards ceremony as he bagged awards in the following categories— Best Social Message Song (Chikorobho); Best Male Artiste; Best Album of the Year and Best Collaboration of the Year with Fungisayi Zvakavapano-Mashavave (Vanondibatirana).

“I used to operate kombis plying the Mbare-City route and I never knew that I had this talent until I tried my luck in music. I started music with the aim of passing time but it later turned into a profession after I realised that ghetto youths were being entertained by my songs,” said the 27-year-old-artiste.

The Ngoma Ndaimba hit maker stormed the Zimdancehall scene with hits such as Suspects, Tirikumhanya, Officer Mirai Chirukazi, Makarova Gunners and Ziso Rako Hameno among others. Killer T recently won an award for composing a best social message song— Chikorobho — off the award-winning album Ngoma Ndaimba.

“Growing up without parents is not an easy thing, it forces you to mature and face the hardships of life at an early stage. I lost both parents at a very tender age and grew up under my siblings’ custody as I am the last born in a family of five.

“My background is still influencing some of the songs I am still writing today. Apart from influencing my music, my background taught me to be independent and hardworking such that I can look after myself,” he said.

The artiste said he has no plans to look for employment as he is now concentrating on growing his brand as an artiste.

“Now that I am popular, things are starting to shape up though it was tough at first. Hatichatarise kumwe asi kuti pangoma chete nekuti kuimba chipo chakabva kunaMwari. (I will not look back when it comes to music).

“I am committed to music, it is my desire to keep working hard in growing my music brand and spread my influence to other countries on the globe,” he said.

Born in Mbare, the Kuvhiringa Pattern singer says he enjoys living in this childhood suburb and has no ambitions to relocate to affluent suburbs despite his breakthrough in music.

“I was born here and I shall die here, that is where I get my inspiration on a daily basis and apart from that, I enjoy life in Mbare.  If I leave Mbare surely I will lose focus especially the way I compose lyrics,” he said.

 

Comments (8)

those wise and touching comments from Killer T are very inspiring especially ti people like me who are trying to make a breakthrough in life. May the Lord God continue to bless you my brother, i am a fan of your music. God bless

blessing sakhala - 8 March 2016

the generation of today could be the worst musically if i look back into time. What moves the youth of today is utter rubbish to say the least. The moral fibre that used to hold us together through our african music which rich in message has since long been replaced by this stupid music genre that has killed the future of most youngsters. The music is laced with street lingo that identifies with violence, sex and drugs

mhofu - 9 March 2016

the generation of today could be the worst musically if i look back into time. What moves the youth of today is utter rubbish to say the least. The moral fibre that used to hold us together through our african music which rich in message has since long been replaced by this stupid music genre that has killed the future of most youngsters. The music is laced with street lingo that identifies with violence, sex and drugs

mhofu - 9 March 2016

Mhofu muri kurasika papi masikati machena kudai? You should know that just like culture, music evolves with time. What music did you grow up listening to? If you carefully introspect, you will realise that your music choice was determined by the time period you lived in. These youngsters, especially Killer T, has really done nothing for you to spew out such vitriol as to say their genre is stupid. Its the music of the times for the youth and to add icing on the cake, Killer T's compositions are heavy on constructive social messages which explains why he scooped the award and others. Yes, there are others of his ilk who have absolutely no message of hope but this youngster is a star!

Maonazvangu - 9 March 2016

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