Soldier sings for God

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“I want to throw away the perception that soldiers cannot sing gospel music, they are believed to violent, emotional, short fused short tempered and act only following commands,” Bulawayo-based military man Panganai Muvhunzwi (24) who has just released a gospel-classical album titled Zvakazarurwa says.

NONHLANHLA SIBANDA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

“David in the Bible was a warrior, Solomon and Joshua went to war to assist civilian causes. I believe it is a divine calling for me to be a soldier,” Muvhunzwi told *Southern Eye Lifestyle.

The Masvingo-Gutu-born artiste launched Zvakazarurwa as second album at the Apostolic Faith Mission church in Zimbabwe conference at Nketa 7 Hall, Bulawayo, on March 28.

A video of the song Inguva Chete has been shown on the State broadcaster ZBC on a programme dubbed Splash and the 10-track album has been played on Radio Zimbabwe and is available to the general public on the streets.

“David in the Bible was a warrior, Solomon and Joshua went to war to assist civilian causes. I believe it is a divine calling for me to be a soldier.”
“David in the Bible was a warrior, Solomon and Joshua went to war to assist civilian causes. I believe it is a divine calling for me to be a soldier.”

The youthful artiste started singing in 2009, and released first album Ndimwari in 2013. It sold over 500 copies.

“I believe if it wasn’t because of piracy I would have sold many more copies. The new album will do better I hope. I featured established gospel artistes such as Trymore Bande of the Zodzo fame and Innocent Gakaka,” Muvhunzwi said.

Recorded at House Rising Sound Studios in Gwabalanda, Zvakazarurwa carries tracks *Inguva Chete, Ndinzwereiwo, Tinokunda Here, Mwari Rudo, among others.

“The tittle Zvakazarurwa speaks about the Book of Revelation which wasrevealed to the Apostle John on an island called Patmos. God revealed to John things that would happen in the last days such as wars and rumours of wars, signs in the skies and incurable diseases. We are seeing all these things happening, Jesus is the only one who can save us and this album has a mission to draw people to God,” he said.

The soldier-cum-musician has a live band The Ushakables, which comprises two vocalists Ivy Dutiro and Farirai Chikangira and six instrumentalists. The band performs at concerts, weddings and church conferences.