I’m always sober: Van Choga
By Latwell Nyangu
His energy levels have propelled him to the limelight in the Zim dancehall genre.
Many at times suspect there is a force of drugs behind his antics when singing, but the 27-year-old has a different story to tell.
Rising energetic dancehall chanter Valentine “Van” Choga said he is a church person contrary to what people think of him.
People suspect he is a drug addict and is insane.
In an interview, Choga said he has his own trademark.
“This has become my trademark because if I sing without action people may not pay attention and I want to do anything that when I watch I will enjoy.
“I am my number I fan, plus maAfricans, takazvarwa tichitamba mbakumba so toda zvinhu zvine action.
“Handirove madrugs, I started singing with action when I was young, so zvava muropa.
“Look at Buju Banton, Capleton, those guys have a lot of energy on stage, and I like that.
“I am 100 percent sober and I am a Christian, I go to church, Season of the Spirit.
“Kana une rako vanhu vanofunga kuti ukumhanya mushini, because rimwe action randozomboita vanofunga kuti kukonya, but its art only.”
Van Choga, said he realised he had talent when he was in grade six and he drew his inspiration from Elephant Man and Ninja Man.
The Ruwa based started singing in 2005.
“I sing dancehall hard-core, Afropop and Reggae.
“: I started singing in grade six paiva nekamwe kaprogramme kaiitwa pachikoro kekuimba and ndakanoimba song yaElephant Man.
“Vanhu vakaita crazy nekunakidzwa ndopandakatoona kuti ndine talent.
“Then on a certain day when I was in the company of my guys, ndakavarairwa ndobva ndangotanga kuimba ndine mafiya rangu ndikatotanga kufara kuti ndagadzira song from scratch ndega then I began to record music every Friday and Monday.
“: I would sing at Assembly point at school vanhu vachinakidzwa.
He said he recorded in 2010, after finishing his O level.
“When I entered in studio, vanhu vakaita crazy “
“The songs Jobo Jobo and Ndityoke here have helped me to be known which I recorded with Yallanation.
“I have also released a Corona song, 21 days which is doing well on social media.
Van Choga said he sometimes dream about his music.
“Ndomborota nenguva dziri kure but I sing about what happens in society and I give people solutions, also giving advice to people not to get in trouble.
“I have more than 100 songs and I can’t remember all of them.
“Among them include Zuva rekuguma, Ndapotsa, Ndityoke here, Magindimukindi, Mughetto, Skandari , Kujobora to mention a few album.
“I have one album called Mwari vanerudo,” he said.
The chanter has done several videos which include Ngongongo, Yasvika nguva, Kasmart keorange which are found on my Channel Van Choga.
“I encourage everyone to put God first on everything because he uplifts.
“Young people should consider their health first and ngavasaite zvinokuvadzisa,” said Choga.
The chanter said apart from music he survives on hustling in ghetto.
He hogged the limelight through some short clips of him doing his crazy performances. H-Metro