Gara flourishes in Wenera role

HARARE - Multi-talented artiste Arnold Gara (31), who is a musician and actor turned into one, is relishing being part of the popular ZBC-TV soapie “Wenera.”

The 31 year old actor plays the role of Boss T1 on Zimbabwe’s first high definition soapie.

“Wenera has changed me. It has given me exposure not only as Boss T1 but also as Arnold Gara. Furthermore, it has opened doors for me both national and international as an artiste,” he told the Daily News on Sunday.

Gara is grateful to the Wenera executive producer Eddie Ndhlovu for entrusting the key role of Boss T1 to him.

“It is a very critical role on the soapie. He (Boss T1) has gone through a lot of changes in his life from leaving drugs and being that spoiled child to becoming a responsible man, husband, father and heading the Wenera Diamonds family business,” he said, adding that his Wenera role is the highlight of an acting career which began 11 years ago.

“My debut in the acting industry was in 2006 on a Zimbabwean short film titled “Confessions” written by Itai Kakuwe and directed by South Africa- based Noel Mvura,” said Gara.

After his fairly decent acting debut, Gara decided to try his hand at singing.

“I then expanded into music. I released my first single Ndikuratidze in 2010 which was followed by other singles like Usade Kundivhiringidza, Kundimakisa Kudai, Ndinoda Uzive, It's a Matter of Time featuring Farida Caprice and others,” he said.

Gara, who has worked with popular artistes who include Sanni Makhalima, Russo, Shinsoman, Yoz, and Leonard Mapfumo, released his album titled The Highway Drive in 2011.On his debut offering  he featured Ngoni Kambarami and Mzimba.

He concedes that his music career has taken a back seat due his role on Wenera.

“I haven't been in the studio consistently as l would like but despite that there is a new single that l featured new kid on the block KuduBoy which was released last week.

“I believe that I am equally talented in music and acting but I have been dedicating most of my time in acting. The people around me inspire my work both in music and in acting,” Gara said.

Despite achieving a fair amount of success, Gara never received any music and acting training.

“I never went to any art school but I attended a couple of workshops years back conducted by John Boylan from Canada,” he said.

The Warren Park 5 Primary School and Warren Park High School student is keen to take both his acting music careers to a new level.

“The ultimate goal is to grow as an artist and probably have a family, buy my mother a house. The only new projects lined up would be in music, collaborations, and new music videos,” said Gara, who was raised by a single mother.

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