I need to take music seriously: Shumba

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Mutare-based emerging gospel artiste Blessing Shumba said he is going to take music seriously this year. Shumba, who also doubles as an electrician, currently does music on a part-time basis.

To reinforce his word, Shumba at the weekend employed Isaac Zinyongo, manager of Tehillar Promotions, as his manager.

Since his introduction to the music industry in 2009, Shumba only started holding live shows in October last year despite him being the “man of the moment” in the gospel fraternity.

Shumba last year clearly stated that music was his part-time profession since he is an electrician. But after realising he is doing well in music the Handina Mhaka hitmaker promised this year will see him appearing in public shows more frequently.

“When I first ventured into music I wasn’t really into it, but later I realised that I was doing well and this left me with no option, but to take it seriously.

“I now have a manager which means I am destined to do whatever it takes as far as live shows are concerned.

“On January 28, I will be performing in Shamva and from there I begin my national tour,” he said.

Popularly tipped as the “new Charamba” by his legion of fans, the Mutare businessman-cum-musician is definitely popular due to his hit songs, among them Mufaro, enjoying significant airplay on radio and popular joints.

The musician has become so popular his discs have brought increased fortunes for illegal vendors.

Gospel pundits nationwide who spoke to NewsDay said they had waited too long for Shumba to appear in public in order to know the man behind the powerful voice which has taken the country by storm.

Shumba has two albums to date, Ishe Wazvose and NdiMwari, both of which have proved to be masterpieces and have propelled him to fame.