Ex-Apostolic sect member falls for Zimdancehall

HARARE - The idiom — you can take a horse to the river but you cannot force it to drink — fits perfectly on the life of budding musician Rozalla Momberume.

She is the great granddaughter of Apostolic sect icon Johanne Marange and once a disciple of the church.

But the 22-year-old who got married at the age of 14 in 2010 when she was part of the sect, has broken with tradition as she has ventured into dancehall music.

Instead of being referred to as “Madzimai Rozalla” she is now known as Bhanditi Queen.

Bhanditi Queen, was born to Raston Momberume, the son of the church’s high priest Noah Taguta.

“I was married in Chinhoyi for three years but I failed to conceive a baby during the period, a development which did not go down well with my husband who then went on to marry two more wives. The problem came when he started to abuse me emotionally, verbally and physically. 

“The abuse was unbearable for a teenager. I endured domestic violence on regular basis till I reported the case to pressure groups such as Musasa Project and Justice for Children,” she told the Daily News. 

“The organisations helped me to come out from the abusive marriage in 2013 by offering me accommodation in Harare but again the development did not go down well with my biological parents who went on to disown me.

“Up to now, we do not see eye-to-eye with my father as he labels me a rebel. Last year, my new boyfriend proposed to marry me but my father refused to accept lobola,”
Bhanditi Queen said of the acrimony.

But the family and marriage disappointments have not scuppered her dreams of making it big in music.

Bhanditi Queen who is also known as Roxie B said she was born to sing.

Her album Ndakazvarirwa Kuimba sums it up all.

Some of the tracks on her nine-track studio album include Muroora Wamambo, Rudo Ibofu, Mughetto, Rufu, Vadzidzisi, Ndauya and Mumwe Murume among others.

On Monday, she performed at City Sports Bar’s weekly musical event, Jam Session where she sang singles such as Shabuluku, Ndingararama Senherera, Mhembwe Rudzi, Pamberi NeOne Love and Share It among others.

Bhanditi Queen told the Daily News that music talent runs in her family.

“My uncles and other close relatives are good artistes though they are only known in church circles. They have inspired me to pursue music at a larger scale.

“I was assisted to record my first songs by pro-children pressure groups after they noticed my passion for music. They helped me to join Army Band called Zimbabwe Signals Band. 

“I got to know high profile musicians such as Progress Chipfumo, the late Cde Chinx, Alick Macheso and a number of Zimdancehall artistes among others while I was touring with the army band.

“When I joined the band, I wanted to be a soldier, but however, it did not come out as planned hence I did not stay long at the band,” she said.

Bhanditi Queen said she was inspired to venture into Zimdancehall by artistes such as Silent Killer.

“Zimdancehall artistes advised me to start with Zimdancehall as it is easier and less costly compared to other musical genres.

“When Macheso heard my story, he pledged to sponsor me with instruments and band members provided I shun Zimdancehall music,” she said.

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