Paul Pindani in CHINHOYI
RISING gospel artist, Hope Musa, says she was raised by a strict father who valued an educational career more than music.
Growing up in Kwekwe, Musa says her late father was glad each time she performed better in class.
“All he wanted us to do was study. You would never be seen wasting time and not holding a book.
“I went to Kwekwe High school and joined the Scripture Union where my passion for music grew,” said Musa.
She revealed that she once angered her father when he learnt that her daughter was always reading Christian material.
“I would also hide from him that I loved singing and I wanted to become a musician.
“The focus was on school alone.
“I went to MSU and studied Information Systems.
“After graduating, my father advised me to work for a year before I got married.”
However, the marriage did not shatter her hopes of being a musician.
“Four years after graduation, I started my music career and my husband, Stanley Musabayeka, supported me a lot.
“He is an Apostle and founder of ACT Church.
“In 2016, I recorded my debut album titled Stepping Into.
“It was followed by Into Me, which I launched in 2018.
“Both albums were produced by Nigel Nyangombe and now I am doing mostly singles and live worship sessions,” said Musa.
Three months ago, she released a song dedicated to her late father.
“My recent song, Kunamata Kwakanaka, is a tribute to my dad and a testimony of how I am finding comfort in the Lord.”
Besides music, Musa is a blogger.
She writes about lifestyle and runs a Facebook page called “Lifestyle on Budget”.
“My Facebook page has 119K members. I always write about lifestyles and stuff.”