Soul Afrika's Takura relishes solo projects

HARARE - In a world infested with fake friends, false relationships and constant betrayals, it is not surprising that upcoming musician Takura Benard Shonhai‘s song “Zino Irema” has struck a chord.

The Gweru-bred singer-the other half of talented boy band Soul Afrika- attributes the success of his tracks “Zino Irema” and “MaObama” to the fact that they reflect reality.

“The music I have started doing is all about my life, and as people we are not entirely different. People love music they can relate to. Zino Irema and MaObama are all about people’s daily struggles. I also guess it is God’s timing all this support and airplay.

“True stories inspire my music. It could be about me, my family, friends or total strangers. I like to write music from real life experiences. As human beings we are not entirely different. I know that if I write a song, 90 percent of people are going to relate to it,” said the 26 year old.

Takura told the Daily News on Sunday that his music which is inspired by everyday happenings is called Trap.

“I joke around with my boys describing my music as Trap-Sungura when I sing I don’t do hip hop trying to sound American but Zimbabwean,” he said.

Though he was quick emphasise that Soul Afrika was still intact, Shonhai conceded that solo projects have given him some artistic freedom.

“They say two is better than one, but this year we decided to pursue solo projects. No one has left. At the same time when you are one you do just about what you want.

“When you are in group you can’t just decide to shift, but as an individual you can. I used to do soul, I did afro pop and recently I have gone hip hop. It’s all the same but different benefits.

“Soul Afrika has been a great success. I started the group back in 2013 with my best friend Donald Mapholisa in Gweru. We did a couple of songs but Don got married and he decided to take a break and focus on his family .I then moved to Harare and met my current Soul Afrika partner Tatenda Aldrian Mathe through Cynthia Mare.

As a solo artist Takura has not produced an album yet.

“As Takura I don’t have an album. I dropped an EP on August 6 called Strips because it was about my life and what I went through. I was stripping my soul for all to see, it has five songs,” he said.

Takura is happy with his music craft but he is convinced that collaborating with other artistes will make him a better musician.

“I am versatile artiste I do a lot; I rap, sing and play instruments. I would like to fuse my music with that of people like Freeman, Winky D and Ras Caleb. I would also like collaborate with Tiwa Savage, MT, and Wizkid,” said the Zino Irema singer.

Thanks to his flourishing solo projects, Takura has been given the opportunity to perform in Cyprus and later on this month.

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