GWERU rising R"n"B ace, Starlone Shonhai, aka Mr Shonhai, says every music produced has a reason and purpose to a listening ear such that people should seek its worth in their lives.
He said Zimbabwe has a lot of talented young people that ought to be honoured accordingly for their direct and indirect contribution to the country’s music discourse.
Speaking in an interview, Mr Shonhai said: “Music comes from any way at any given time hence its value and impact is owed to those that make and publish it.
“The main aim of preserving messages in music lies in communicating and educating the masses.”
He explained that as a budding musician he was inspired by the music of Trevor Dongo which he finds to be mature, soft, calm and rich in clarity.
“Music is inspired by anything, scenes in our day-to-day lives, people we meet, those we listen to and moreover the experiences we encounter.
“But as a person, it was one Trevor Dongo who opened my ear and eyes to a new world of calmness and softness in delivering a striking message that can touch a soul,” explained Mr. Shonhai.
He said, “We had a lot of gifted musicians and producers in Gweru and Midlands, many of them had a duty to stand for what they believed and that inspired us into the musicians we are today.”
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Mr. Shonhai added that Gweru needs to develop its own museum that recognises musicians and those that moulded our society.
“We should preserve what inspired us into being like great musicians dead or alive; the likes of Paul Matavire, the ZigZag members band, Cephas Karushanga, Tony G, Man, Soul Jah Love among others. It is lack of such records or and facilities that makes us lose our history as a City,” he said.
Born in Kadoma town, the 28-year-old musician, who decided to pursue music a decade ago, said it was out of the burning interest to help influence growth of loving communities.
“I like R "n" B for its power and ability to ignite the light of love life between two people. I am gifted to help people to start the love journey and intelligently guide it into marriage till their happy after live,” said MrShonhai who now lives in Gweru.
The young gifted musician is highly famed for his most celebrated singles namely, Kundiramba (2020), Anyway you go (2021) and Kushanda (2022).