AN upcoming GWERU artist has released a song advocating for more confidence in the use of African herbs in curing cancer.
Tamayi Manenji, 35, of Mkoba released the song after losing his father to cancer while his mother survived breast cancer, through the use of traditional herbs.
Speaking to H-Metro, Manenji said his artistic talent pushed him to come up with the song after realising that most Africans have the resources and knowledge to cure cancer but are burdened by fear and lack of confidence.
“My foster father had colon cancer and I saw him die and my mother had breast cancer but she was cured by traditional herbs from traditional healers.
“My worry in the song is that there is knowledge about the disease as Africans but people are afraid yet it is taking lives every day,” said Manenji.
He started recording music in 2016 but he has been finding it difficult to market his music because of lack of resources and exposure.
“I did my album called Turquoise, which has nine songs, in 2016 in Gweru.
“My main challenge in marketing my music was exposure so sometimes, even if you have a good product, you also need people with skills to get the music to the people so I shelved my music.
“I started marketing it recently on all social media platforms YouTube, Amazon, Apple Store, TikTok, Facebook and Instagram,” he said.
The upcoming musician draws his inspiration from some international and local artists such as Chioniso Maraire and Tanga Wekwa Sando.
“I was mainly inspired by Dobie Gray and Leonard Cohen.
“Locally, I love Tanga Wekwa Sando and Chioniso.
“To say I am a blues or country musician is difficult because I am still trying to find myself, “ he said.