Fungisai invades jazz territory

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Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave opens a new leaf in her musical career on Friday with a show at Jazz 105.

This comes after her successful trial at the Women in Jazz Festival in September last year at the same venue. She played alongside the likes of Kudzai Sevenzo, Jean Masters, Diana Samkange, Rute Mbangwa and Edith weUtonga Katiji, among others.

Though she received criticism for joining the line-up, Zvakavapano-Mashavave lived up to the billing and wowed revellers, much to the amazement of those who doubted her abilities.

In an interview with NewsDay the gospel diva said she was mesmerised by the audience when she played at Jazz 105 last year.

“I saw a different audience when I played at the Jazz Festival and I felt I must reach out. There are a lot of people out there who love my music, but have never had a chance to see me perform and this is their chance,” said Zvakavapano-Mashavave.

She said she would up her game this year to hold more shows and go to the grassroots.

Josh Hozheri, the proprietor of Jazz 105, said they had decided to give her a chance after her success at her debut appearance.

“We have dubbed the show “Fungisai Goes Jazz”. This is a new chapter that Fungisai is opening in her career and we are supporting her as is our mandate,” said Hozheri in an interview recently.

Fungisai becomes one of the few gospel artists that have defied the norm to play in pubs and nightclubs.

Part of her outreach beyond gospel arenas was her performance at the Spar Solo Festival in Norton in December last year when she had a solo act playing mbira.