BY LIFE & STYLE REPORTER
BORN in Chief Njelele’s area, Gokwe South province, rising gospel musician Oriah Chikoti has said he is living his dream after successfully launching his debut album last year, with plans to release a second one in two months.
Chikoti told NewsDay Life & Style that he was happy to be exploring his musical talent.
“I released my first music project, a six-track album titled Kunyengetera Kunesimba in 2020. It is an enriching experience for me because I have always nurtured a great liking for music since my early days in Chief Njelele’s area in Gokwe,” he said.
“Getting to record my music and having it played is a great achievement for me because I like to minister through music. I am a member of the Light of God Apostolic Sect and I thank God for this gift.”
A third-born in a family of four, Chikoti said great musicians like veteran gospel singer Charles Charamba, sungura maestro Alick Macheso and Vabati VaJehovah inspired him.
“My music talent was prophesied by one of my church leaders when I was young after a seven-day prayer mission in the Serima Mountains. I did not take the prophecy seriously, but as the dream takes shape, I believe God was really speaking to my life,” he said.
The rising gospel musician, who sang extensively in churches and worked with acapella groups before going professional, said he was working full-time in the studio to ensure a quality 2021 production.
“I am happy that I took the first step and I hope my second album will entrench my position. My mission is to preach the gospel so that the sinners repent and return to Christ. I am continuing to pray for God’s guidance on this new journey,” he said.
Chikoti’s debut album carried tracks such as Messiah, Chirikadzi Nenherera, Jesu Vakatungamirirwa Nomweya, Ukauraya Wawauraya, Jesu Havakundikane and the title track Kunyengetera Kunesimba.
He expressed gratitude to his music followers for their support, adding that although it was not easy to embark on the musical journey, he was encouraged by the support from his fans.
“I am doing all I can to market and take my music to the people. I am using online platforms like Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp to market the music. I am also working to have it available on Spotify and iTunes,” he said.
“It’s not easy being a musician at such times, but I am grateful for the support from fans. I am highly confident of the future and I am praying that my music ministers to people.”
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