Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
MUSICIAN Mark Ngwazi’s artistic appeal seems to be growing with each passing day.
The pint-sized crooner, whose humour-laden songs have made him a darling of many in recent months, continues to win him hearts of fellow artistes in other genres.
Chipinge bred praise and worship singer Shantel Sithole is the latest to be charmed by Ngwazi.
Her musical romance with the Njanja bred singer has seen the two recording a gospel song together titled Toraswa Muswe.
The danceable song, which was recorded on a low tempo Kanindo beat, is off the 28-year-old’s debut album called New Dawn.
It’s indeed a befitting dawn of a new chapter for Shantel who after spending years as a backing vocalist for several artistes has decided to go solo.
Not only has she decided to go solo but the single mother of one is showcasing what she has learnt in the studio backing other musicians.
Her debut album, which can easily pass as a triumph, sums up the path she has travelled so far having worked with other regional artistes like Mozambican gospel star, Moses Maraqui.
Other songs that makes her debut album complete comprise Wenyasha featuring Wedande, Munorarama feating Rumbie Gatawa, Pindurai, Ngariende featuring Mozambican Maraqui, Moyo Wekushinga and the love song Mudiwa.
It was recorded at VOT Studios under the aegis of Gibson Makumbe.
However, it Ngwazi’s collaboration which is tipped to propel her to acclaim.
She told H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle that it was easy for her to collaborate with Ngwazi.
“Ngwazi is a humble guy who is sociable, versatile and easy to connect with, which prompted me to engage him for this collabo.
“Despite all the popularity that enjoys, he can easily relate with upcoming musicians and I’m lucky to be one of those who managed to click with him,” he said.
Shantel who lost both parents in her teens, said she found comport in music, especially gospel.
“I became an orphan at a young age after losing my father Samson Sithole in 2002 while my mother Loveness Machuwire died in 2008.
“Life was never rose for us where prayer became my lifestyle but over the years, I have been active in the studio as a backing vocalist for several artistes.
“I then decided to study a Diploma in American Music in Harare for three years to enhance my knowledge before I became a solo artiste and recorded my debut album New Dawn, which is set to define myself,” she said.
Inspired by Tasha Cobbs, Shantel said she would not limit herself to gospel music.
“I’m a versatile artiste who can sing anything but in this album that I worked with Mukumbe we were biased towards gospel.
“We are also working on visuals as we hope to release some of the videos in due course to complement the audios,” she said.
Like most of her peers who are multi-tasking on Covid-19 to make ends meet, Shantel has been working hard to bring food on the table.
“Covid-19 has affected us a lot with travel restrictions and suspension of public gatherings weighing heavily on us.
“In my case, I have been running an agency for people who need domestic workers under the banner Angel Care.
“We supply dependable, trained and reliable maids countrywide through our agency based in the capital.
“I also do other things in life to complement my earnings but at the moment music and my business at Angel Care have taken us places and we are looking forward to brighter days.
“Musically, I’m happy because I’m doing what I love most,” she added.