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Fungisayi Zvakavapano-Mashavave tells her own story (Part 1)

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MY journey as a believing artiste has not been a walk in the park.

There have been uphills and downhills but the determination to keep the Christian voice loud, has been my encouragement.

By God’s Grace, I found Guardian Angels in the form of my husband, his family especially my mother-in-law, Tariro Mashavave, Doctors ArchBishops Ezekiel and Euna Guti as well as my maiden family. This explains how I have made it through 20 years of service in God’s kingdom.

I am grateful to God for my latest video entitled Mutsvene (Holy) available on YouTube. I have seen the hand of God in the way he just inspires my creativity.

It’s unfortunate that we exist in a society that allows only the secular world to be creative while outstanding Christian artists are muffled way for being mavericks and creative in their own way.

It’s sad how we are labelled just so that the work of God is hushed and relegated to the peripheries in our time.

Fungisai Zvakavapano

I was disturbed a lot when others even commented that “I was a sugar-coated spirit medium who had become a Jah Prayzah Student.”

It’s shocking and these are some of the setbacks we have as women and Christians giving our all in the service of God. I really thought I could bring forward some facts people are not privy to.

When the young man Jah Prayzah came onto the music scene I had already spent 10 years doing Gospel music on a Zimtraditional sound.

He was probably 11 years old when I did Toita zvedenga and vanogona on the Zimtraditional beat.

Mutsvene plays behind the Simukai tirumbidze beat which is on my second album Toita Zvedenga.

Need I say when I collaborated with him on Gore rapera, I even recommended him to the Mataranyikas of Nyaradzo as their brand ambassador, but they were skeptic about it then, only to agree with my sentiments now.

Jah Prayzer is their current ambassador because the growth I predicted for him then eventually came to pass.

Background

I grew up listening to Thomas Mapfumo , Oliver Mtukudzi, Chioniso Maraire and Stella Chiweshe and have always wondered why they were dedicating such an amazing sound to spirit medium worship.

As a Christian girl, I vowed to take, own that beat violently and use it for God ‘s glory. I promised myself I was not to settle for mediocrity just because I was saved and todate I’m on it.

God has not hesitated to inspire more challenging ideas. I have since managed to execute all my assignments and at least stay alive through all trials and tribulations that come with being this artist. My first producer Zivanai Masango was Mukanya’s lead and brass man.

In Zimbabwe, It was this Christian Gift that discovered the red camera which had been brought by Moses Matanda for the Chinhoi 7 movie.

I first used it on I belong to Jesus and JP followed suit. A closer look at the Jah Prayzah’s Mugomo video one, will reveal shots that resemble some on I belong to Jesus and I have no problems with it.

I was the first to discover the highly talented DJ Tamuka when he was at Kenako Music and he produced Dzimurai Moto for me.

A few days after, I heard, he was now full time at JP Studios.

I also discovered Umsebenzi kaBlacs who does most of the current JP videos after he was introduced to me as one of the Chinhoi 7 editors and Blacs did the Usaenda wega video for me. Whilst he was still editing that project, again JP discovered him and the next thing I heard was he was now full time at JP studios.

Don’t miss the final part in our next issue next week.

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