By Vasco Chaya
Venturing into Zimdancehall is turning out to be an inspired decision for music star Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave.
When Fungisai stirred controversy in gospel music circles early this year after she collaborated with Zimdancehall chanter Killer T on the hit “Vanondibatirana,” her music career appeared to be in a rut but due to the success of the duet she has bounced back in the limelight.
Despite being attacked left right and centre by gospel music purists, Fungisai is indeed having the last laugh.
The controversial gospel star has been invited to perform in the United Kingdom (UK) at the end of the month alongside Zimdancehall stars Shinsoman, Tocky Vibes, Freeman, Ninja Lipsy and Empress Shelly.
Fungisai and the Zimdancehall stars will perform in Birmingham, Luton and Manchester on August 26, 27 and 28 respectively. She last toured the UK almost three years ago.
The Makomborero hit-maker, though, is adamant that the career revival she is experiencing at the moment has nothing to do with her recent venture into the Zimdancehall arena.
“I am going to the UK as Fungisai and not as a Zimdancehall artiste. I will be targeting everyone not a certain section of fans and I am doing this just to be relevant in the music industry. I will mix all genres from chimurenga, reggae and Zimdancehall among others.
“I will not stay there for a long but those few days should satisfy almost everyone there. I am not going there to make money but to give people there my music,” she said.
Fungisai has no problem working with Zimdancehall artistes despite their largely “bad” reputation in some Christian circles.
“There is no Christian accountant who quit his/her job because they had to share office or desk with non-Christian accountant. Kubasa hazvinzarwo, you work with workmates awapihwa naMwari panguva iyoyo… otherwise we would not be a united country if we discriminate each other on socio-cultural background basis.
“Music is a place or an industry hence you are bound to meet different people with different characteristics just like any industry.
“While other (Zimdancehall) artistes do some things which might be condemned by the society, I will simply do my work without judging .As a result, I do not have problems working with Zimdancehall artistes,” said Fungisai.
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