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‘Blessing Shumba copycat’ on second album


UPCOMING gospel musician Joseph Tivafire, who has released his second album Vavariro, says he will soldier on to fulfil his mission of spreading the Word of God through music in reaction to the growing problems of music piracy.


The musician felt cheated on his debut album Mushandiriwashe which was marketed inscribed with Blessing Shumba’s name by music pirates.

This is not the first time for some gospel CDs to be marketed under Shumba’s name. Gospel artiste Mathias Mhere had his album Anoita Minana marketed as Shumba’s project.

Speaking to NewsDay, Tivafire said the new six-track album is meant to correct the mistaken project which was credited to Shumba.

“My first album failed to do well on the market as a result of music pirates, who credited it to Blessing Shumba, but that did not derail my ambitions to preach through music,” Tivafire said.

“The release of Vavariro will make people realise that I am totally a different artiste from Blessing Shumba.”

Although Tivafire insists that he is different from Shumba, listening to some of the songs on the album, one can easily mistake them as Shumba’s projects due to the striking resemblance to his beat.

The album which was recorded at Laiton Studios and produced by Laiton Ngulube will be marketed and distributed by Diamond Studios.

Songs on the album are Nyengetera, title track Vavariro Yangu, Tipei Meso, Vanofira Munashe, Wandirangarira, Misodzi Ndiyo Nhaka, Chifananidzo and Mushandiri Washe.

The Budiriro-bred musician said he has engaged a manager Archford Mutsvunguma to help him grow his brand.

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