Chinosengwa introduces ‘drag’ music

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Sanny Chinosengwa has set his sights high in the music industry by coming up with a new type of music which he named “drag”.

Chinosengwa, of Melfort Farm in Marondera, has released his debut seven-track album that was recorded at Umsindo Studios recently titled Mudhara Apinda, produced by Gabriel Mbale.

Chinosengwa said he was born with music in his veins, but lack of sponsorship had been a drawback for him.

“I have always had a passion for music since I was in primary school, but funding was such a major drawback for me that I could not afford to record then,” he said.

Chinosengwa started his music career in 2007 when he started writing songs while he was 17 years old, but could not release an album until his manager and producer Mbale and Pastor Garikai Francis came to his rescue late last year.

Chinosengwa’s album carries tracks like Genevive, Kamoko Kechidiki, Ruva Rangu, Mdara Apinda, I Love U, Mahwindi and the instrumental of Kamoko Kechidiki.

“My music is called ‘drag’ since it is not R&B, not reggae and not urban grooves, but it falls in between,” said Chinosengwa.

He said it was not easy for him to come up with such a project as he has had to face numerous challenges for the album to be released.

“Like any other upcoming artist in the industry, I faced a lot of challenges before releasing this album as people talked negatively regarding my music.

“Some even criticised me, comparing me with well-established artists and wanted me to be like them overnight, but I did not give up until I released my album,” said Chinosengwa.

Chinosengwa said he was inspired by Mbira artist Progress Chipfumo whom he wishes to do a collaboration with one day.

“I was inspired by Progress, though I don’t sing like him as I call my music drag, meaning a combination of beats such as R&B, reggae, ragga and urban grooves,” he said.

However, Chinosengwa’s manager, Pastor Francis, said the young man has talent and is poised for greater things if well supported.

“Sanny has the potential and he can go far in the music industry if he keeps focused like he is right now.”

Chinosengwa was born in August 1990 in Kwekwe and did his education in Marondera before moving to Chitomborwizi in Chinhoyi.

He later moved to Melfort Farm to stay with his brother who then introduced him to his manager and producer.