WHILE in Form 2 at Cherutombo High School in Marondera, young Nyasha Zhuwao used to skip lessons, but unlike his peers who spent the time boozing and trying out other illicit activities, he spent the bulk of the time in the studio.
At school he was viewed as a delinquent who was misdirected and doomed due to his love for music, but at home he had all the support from his father.
“My teachers discouraged me and that made me hate school all the more,” said the young artiste.
“I used to bunk lessons and spend all the time in the studio in Marondera so much that I never expected I would pass a single subject at “O” Level, but managed to pass six subjects.”
Now a journalism student at Ranch House College in Harare, Zhuwao is son to Medical Practitioner Godfrey Zhuwao who runs a surgery in Chinhoyi.
The first born in a family of three, Zhuwao says he has never been pressured by his father to follow his footsteps and enjoys all the support from studio to transport fees.
Although still relatively small on the scene, the young artiste has managed to collaborate with different musicians that include Maskiri, Munhumutema, Extra Large, Josphat Somanje and Russo among others while his music has done fairly well on local radio and ZBC’s Channel 2.
Zhuwao is currently riding high on the release of his latest video Ngatitambe from the unreleased album Zvinoita Love.
Shot at Marondera’s Ruzawi Lodge the video has some brilliant views although with a bit more experience could have been made better.
Riding on the danza kuduro riddim, the lyrics of the track are, however, found wanting with the artiste repeating the same line several times where he could have introduced a rap verse.
The musician does have potential and seems to be aiming at putting Marondera permanently on the musical map.
“I have performed a few times at venues like Primus and Rat and Mouse, but you will find that even some residents from Marondera look down upon their own artistes,” Zhuwao lamented.
“There is a gross lack of belief in artistes from small towns and that is one culture that is very detrimental for Zimbabwean artistes.”