HELLO H-Metro readers and sungura music lovers.
It feels good contributing in this column in my own capacity as a talented and yet rising artiste.
I might not turn heads on the streets but I am determined to rich greater heights in my career.
I have seen quite a lot during my time as a recording artistes and I feel it’s better I share with you some of the experiences. Read on…
- BRIEF PROFILE
My name is Senator Mollen Tichareva, a sungura musician itching for top honours.
I was born in Chikomba District, in the Njanja area, kwaMushipe kuMazodza, kwamai Edwin.
I grew up there and attended Mushipe primary and secondary schools before coming to Harare.
- CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
Growing up in the rural areas is something that will always evoke a lot of memories.
One of those incidents which I vividly remember are the fist fights we used to do when returning from school.
It so happened that one day some boys of my age group came to fight me since I was a good fighter who used to beat them one by one.
On the day in question we fought for almost an hour, until my bigger sister came and dispersed us them.
My passion for music started long back when I was in grade seven.
During that time, my father employed a helper who used to play a guitar and that guy used to play Khiama Boys copyrights.
So that how I fell in love with music and Khiama Boys to be specific.
I also composed my song called Chisvo around 2000 after being inspired by our helper.
On that note, I would like to thank God for letting me realise my calling before it was too late.
In life, some people never realise their calling until they die, but with me it’s different.
I thank Rodrick Chomudara who then nurtured and discovered the talent within me.
Though I used to sing in church and at home, I never thought that one day I will be professional musician like the one I am today.
After some time listening to Khiama Boys, I became a fan of Nicholas Zakaria and Alick Macheso who formed the core of the then mighty Khiama Boys.
In short, I am inspired by Alick Macheso, Nicholas Zakaria and Leanard Zhakata.
I feel like I owe them a lot for their inspiration.
Music on its own is an industry like any other business. It has got its own challenges.
So in of my case, I don’t have my own instruments.
At times we struggle to get efficient instruments and this results in us hiring sub-standard kits compromising our sound quality when performing live.
We also have challenges of segregation in this industry.
It is now clear that music promoters, some DJs and event organisers tend to focus on already established artistes leaving us behind.
By so doing, we are deprived of new opportunities to share the stage with big names to be known.
Despite being side-lined, I also help a number of upcoming sungura artiste financial assistance and those asking for my opinion in their projects.
So I normally give them my best in terms of advice.
- LOVE LIFE
When it comes to the matters of the heart, I am clean and a loving father.
I am a responsible family man, happily married and I have kids.
It is this family that gives me strength to work hard and I won’t stop working for them.
To date, I have four albums to my name.
I released the first one in 2016 that we named Nguva Yakwana carrying six tracks.
In 2017, we did Zvasiyana which also carries six tracks.
A year later (2018), we did an album called The Fulcrum, that’s where I got the nickname Mr Fulcrum from my fans.
In 2019, we did Mhinduro Ibasa and a single called Chikuru Hupenyu.
In 2020, we did another single called Mzansi.
In all these projects I managed to collaborate on a number of songs with other artistes.
I did a song called N’anga Dzemabhachi featuring Mark Ngwazi.
We also did a song called Lydia together off the album The Fulcrum.
I went on to collaborate with Suluman Chimbetu on a song called Kumarinda.
I did another song with Motswana diva singer Slizer called Watora Moyo in 2019.
I also collaborated with Simon Mutambi on Change Gate while Andy Muridzo featured on Gonzo Harisi Usavi.
- SONGWRITING TECHNIQUE
I am one artistes who has a unique way of composing songs.
From the first day I started music professionally, ne never wrote any song on a paper.
All of my songs just comes naturally and I do my lyrical arrangement in mind.
- LOOSE WOMEN
Like most of my peers in this industry, there are women who literally throw themselves to us and I have a way to handle it.
At first I found it very difficult to handle those beautiful ladies who always came to our shows but I latter found a solution.
As a musician, it’s wise to embrace everyone who comes near you in order to build a strong fan base.
So as for those ladies, I love the very much and I take them as my real sisters, vese ndovaita vana chihera.
- HAPPIEST MOMENT
I remember a day when I attended Alick Macheso and the Orchestra Mberikwazvo noticed me in the crowd.
As an upcoming artiste then, I didn’t know that Baba Sharo knows me.
He then called my name on stage and invited me to come backstage.
I was so happy to say the least.
- WORST SHOW
I won’t mention the venue but I had a nightmarish experience this other time.
It was my first live show when I sang off key and it was embarrassing.
However, I took it as a learning curve and today and am now mature as an artiste when it comes to live shows.
- COVID-19 FIGHT
As a responsible artiste, I always post on my social platforms, encouraging citizens to sanitise and mask up.
I am also encouraging everyone to do the right choice and get vaccinated.
Currently, I am also doing a song which creates awareness against the pandemic.
To my fellow artistes, Covid-19 is real guys, in as much as we want to perform live gigs.
It’s better we come up in numbers, encouraging citizens to get vaccinated.
By so doing, the vaccination process becomes faster, hence making it possible for our leaders to open gigs for us.
When it comes to competition, I don’t sneeze.
Competition is our drive to prosperity, it is needed in every game, though personally I don’t take it personal.
I simply work hard to be a better artist tomorrow than what I am today, not to fight with other artists.
As Skylimit Express, we have a number of charity projects that we are doing here in harare and in rural areas.
Actually, we have recently registered a foundation by the name Skylimit Foundation, so that we will operate in the areas of assisting the less privileged without any hindrances.
Proper parentage is a very important aspect in every child’s future and we need to practice that thing.
In my case, I give thanks to my parents for nurturing a well-mannered, humble and kind hearted man like me.
I am not self-praising but those who are close to me know what i am saying. My mother taught me well.
She taught me how to love, how to respect and how to wait for the right time.
Besides music, I think I am a good actor.
By nature I am someone you can easily get well along with easily.
I can adapt to any situation, and also I don’t struggle to create new stuff.
Locally, I don’t have an award as of yet but I have achieved a lot in music industry despite the economic hardships.
I have managed to create a name for myself, my fan base in not bad, though I wish my music to reach every ear worldwide.
Regionally I have managed to acquire an award in Botswana for the (The Best Regional Collaboration Male Artist).
We also want to thank our fans, promoters and media – both print and electronic!
- SPECIAL THANKS
To be where I am today, I would want to give many thanks to Rodrick Chomudara and Philip Dzivike.
These guys played a very big role in identifying a talent in me and also giving me the courage that I can do it.
I also want to thank my family for supporting me, mentally. Not forgetting my fans and friends, they always give me courage.
I also want to appreciate other artist who always recognized me as a fellow artist.
The reason why I chose to sing sungura is because I have admired those who have been doing it before me and their achievements.
The likes of mdhara Macheso and mdhara Zacharia.
These guys have created a legacy for themselves, they achieved status for themselves. They have made it; they are role models to many.
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