Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
EX-CONVICT Kelvin Zulu, who was incarcerated for robbery and sentenced to seven years in jail, said he is now a repentant Christian who has turned to gospel music.
Zulu poured his heart out to H-Metro that he is now a newly created soul and has turned a new leaf in his life.
Zulu said crime does not pay.
He said he had always been a musician before he was incarcerated.
Zulu said he wrote some songs, which most of them endeared him with his fellow convicts.
Zulu is known by the moniker name King Hoyo.
He said he released an album Regai Kumhanya while in prison.
“I released the album, as I want to spread the gospel of not engaging in criminal elements to would be offenders.
“I learnt a lesson while in prison that crime does not pay. My album has got eight songs,” he Zulu.
” I had a song that was released online in 2015. The video clip’s song is “Mhoroi”.
“ It circulated widely. That was the time I had been transferred from Chikurubi to Harare Central prison,”
Zulu was lucky that year as he was one of the Presidential Amnesty beneficiary.
He said the song was more of a prophesy, that he was greeting those outside the prison system, and it happened that he was released.
” It was the year I wrote the song and I was released. I am a gospel artist. I do mixed bag- that is I sing all music genres from raggae, hip-hop, traditional music based on the gospel,” he said.
Zulu has released another album titled Mafuta Ekubikisa which talks about false prophets, hunger for money and power.
He said that it was very difficult to be welcomed back into society after prison life.
” In prison, I used to teach other inmates about how to integrate well with society and relatives once out of incarceration.
“Some people might still have vivid memories of the crimes committed and so it is very important for an inmate to be rehabilitated for his integration back into society,” said Zulu.
After prison life, Zulu was welcomed back into the society by Faith Ministries.
He said the story of his life was more like that of the biblical parable of the prodigal son.
“God always changes a person. I want to urge churches to continue the god works of visiting prisons and giving preaching messages of hope to those who are still incarcerated,” he said.
Zulu once with First Farai, Progress Chipfumo.
Besides music, he used to do gymnastics in schools such as Jemason high, Chinhoyi high, Trelawny and Norton.
He once formed Chinhoyi Gymnastics Stumbling Action.
” During the heydays of the now late President Robert Mugabe, I was given $500 by the President during the official opening of Chinhoyi Provincial hospital. By that time, I did not take music seriously,” he said.
Zulu gave special mention to his sister and young brother for all the support they rendered to him after prison life.