More professionals join music fray

MORE professionals are abandoning their jobs to venture into music production, which has become a passionate hobby for many while others are doing it on a part-time basis.

Over the years, music was considered to be for social outcasts, who had no capacity to produce anything meaningful in life.

However, in recent years, music has become a full-time and paying job that has even seen some quitting their professional jobs for it.

In recent years, the likes of Bob Nyabinde, who was a teacher by profession had to quit his job to pursue music. On the other hand Suluman Chimbetu, who was an officer in the Airforce of Zimbabwe also quit his job for music, proving that the industry is no longer viewed with negativity as was the situation in the 1990s.

Zora music star Leonard Zhakata was an engineer before he began to make hits and quit the profession altogether.
Gospel musician Elias Musakwa, apart from lending his hand in politics, was a senior staffer at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

Before the turn of the millennium, music was not as paying as it is now in Zimbabwe, with many of the most popular musicians that emerged during the time having died paupers.

In line with this trend, in modern day Zimbabwe, more and more professionals are also venturing into music.
Recently, former Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs deputy minister Fortune Chasi recorded duets with Zimdancehall artistes Killer T and Guspy Warrior.

The Mazowe South legislator collaborated with Guspy Warrior on a track called Life Haizi Easy before teaming up with Killer T on a song called Zimbabwe Ino.

Chasi is an uncle to another rising musician Rudo Chasi, who is also a lawyer by profession.
Just like these two professionals, another prominent human rights lawyer David Hofisi, released his first album titled Supernova late last year.

Hofisi told our sister paper the Daily News on Sunday then, that music is part of his life.

He said music and law were both his passion.

Asked on how he managed his time against representing litigants and making music, Hofisi said: “It is a difficult but not insurmountable balancing act, I make the time. Most time after working hours is devoted to the musical side and both areas are naturally occurring to me.

“It offers a great balance as well, and has helped me to break out of just being a litigator to a more rounded and social being seeking to reach out and interact with society.”

These professionals that have joined the music bandwagon are not any different from human rights executive Okay Machisa, who collaborated with poet Chirikure Chirikure on an 11-song album.

Chirikure himself was an editor with a local publishing company before he retired to concentrate on music and poetry.
Chirikure and Machisa are not new to each other as they were both in the mbira group Detembira led by the late mbira guru Dumisani Maraire.

In an interview with Samm Farai Munro, better known as Cde Fatso on an online television station Magamba TV, former Finance minister Tendai Biti said he has a passion for producing music.

“I want to do a lot of things, I want to write books, I want to produce music, I can’t sing, but I have got an ear for music…I want to produce Winky D first…not Soul Jah Love, but Bounty Lisa yah,” Biti said. 
—Tendai Kamhungira


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