BY KIMBERLY KARIATI
UP-AND-COMING gospel musician Felistus Hurudza has said she strived to draw people to Christ through her forthcoming yet-to-be-named second album scheduled for release at the end of May.
In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Hurudza said she was born a singer as she did not struggle to compose songs.
“I was always seen as a good singer both at my church and school. Most of the time people would say this child has talent as I would sing exactly what was taught while everyone listened to me,” she said.
“My career started at Simudzai Primary School in Mabvuku, Harare, where I participated in school choir competitions before getting involved in other musical projects at Roman Catholic Church. I believe music is an in-born talent as I do not struggle to write lyrics.”
Hurudza said although she grew up listening to Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave’s music, she was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
“I recall one Sunday at home when a song came to my mind and I started to follow the lyrics. I then told myself that I would tell the director leading the Passion of Christ drama that I want to sing my song which talked about Peter’s denial of Jesus. I sang it well and it touched many. It later accompanied the play on Good Friday and made it a memorable one and gave it meaning too,” she said.
The singer has, however, bemoaned lack of financial support to take her music to another level.
“I am struggling in my career due to lack of corporate sponsorship. I need to purchase my own instruments and be able to hold shows. Yes, my music is being played on radio, especially National FM, but I need to be known and one day collaborate with big names in the gospel industry,” she said.
The songbird launched her career in 2019 with the release of her debut eight-track album Makanaka Mwari that had songs Mweya Mutsvene, Mwari Makatendeka, Holy is Your Name, Makanaka Mwari, Wamuramba Here Jesu, Tichasvika Kuna Mwari, Mwari Vanoziva and Testimony which comes with a video.
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