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Trust Khosa , Assistant News Editor
MULTIPLE award-winning gospel diva Janet Manyowa believes in sharing success with fellow band members.
Despite all the fame and fortune which have become her, she remains committed towards empowering peers.
Manyowa has demonstrated her love to wean off fellow band members after encouraging Steff Paradise-Munyoro to record solo projects.
Not only has Manyowa been mentoring Steff, but the phenomenal vocalist who still remains but of her band, has her new single titled Kupinda Ndenga.
The spiritually uplifting single, which leaves one yearning for paradise, will be launched today on Steff’s various social media platforms.
And Steff’s musical journey would mean nothing without mentioning Janet Manyowa’s influence since she has been pushing her to record he own compositions for growth’s sake.
Speaking though her manager Munyaradzi Manyowa, the Janet Manyowa’s camp said Steff has been and will always remain part of the family.
“We have never doubted Steff as an artiste since we have been working with her for over past five years.
“She is still part of our band and we are proud to be mentoring her as well as sharing our success as a team.
“We wish her the best as she launches her solo album and this is one of the things that we have always wanted our band members to do,” said Manyowa’s husband.
Professionally, Manyowa’s camp said Steff will go places if she remains committed and passionate about her career.
“When it to professionalism, Steff is one of the people that we enjoy working with and her good conduct has make her a fine artiste she is itching to be,” added Manyowa.
In another interview, Steff who is set to test the musical waters today, said Janet Manyowa remains her role model.
“My role models locally are of course Janet Manyowa who I have closely worked with on numerous projects, Marbel Madondo to name but a few.
“Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Kierra Sheard are my favourite singers internationally,” she said.
The Chitungwiza bred praise and worship star, said she discovered her talent at a young age.
“I started singing for fun with friends around the age of 10 there about.
“I became a bit more serious as I was growing older around high school days when I would go to church with my friends and we had to present what we used to call ma- Item.
“There we then formed our group and called it fiery shafts. At the age of 17 I joined call to worship and then eventually Zimpraise and that’s when I really became serious about singing gospel music,” she said.
Steff also said her strong Christian family background has also made her the star she is today.
“One of my biggest supporters was my brother Bishop Believe Paradise who made sure mum was convinced that my passion for music wouldn’t disturb my studies.
“Then my brother would invite me to sing at the praise and worship team until I became part of his praise team in Zaoga.
“I also get my inspiration from fellow gospel artists, the word of God, sermons in church and life experiences really,” she said.
Unlike other gospel divas who fail to fulfil their dreams owing to their insecure husbands, this is the different case with Steff.
“I am married to my best friend, support, pillar of strength and encourager Mr Munyoro.
“I am married to one amazing handsome husband and he was my high school sweetheart, though at first I thought he was just following my music at school but I realised later that he had a love agenda and here we are today.
“He is very supportive and he is in this 110 percent. We are a sweet small family with God by our side.
“Spreading the word of the Lord through this music is our priority,” said Steff the mother of three – two girls and boy.