SOUTH Africa-based gospel musician, Modechai Manakira, has urged the world to abide by the Ten Commandments.
Manakira, who was inspired by gospel greats like Shingisai Suluma, Charles Charamba and Fungisai Zvakavapano, urged people to focus on God’s wishes.
“My music encourages people to focus on Christ and, in whatever predicament, we need to put everything to Christ. It also encourages people to have love for each other and to the Almighty by keeping his Commandments and the results are God’s blessings.
“My music gives hope to people in despair and I also like to modify the traditional gospel choruses.
“Apart from gospel music, I grew up listening to jazz music, inspired by the late Oliver Mtukudzi, and that’s why gospel music has got a taste of jazz,” he said.
The 34-year-old said he grew up as a Christian singing in music choirs and later switched into gospel music with instruments.
“I was groomed in praise and worship platforms to be what I am in music.
“At the age of 13, my inspiration grew after listening to artists like Shingisai Suluma, Charles Charamba, Fungisai Zvakavapano.
“Later it was Zimpraise, Sabastian Magacha, Takesure Zama, Michael Mahendere and Joyous Celebration, who further inspired me.
“I have since dropped my debut album, with six songs, titled ‘Mucharopafadzwa.’
“It means one shall be blessed in doing good things to God, especially by extending your support to the needy.
‘‘Rudo rwaJesu’’ means we are reuniting because of God’s love, regardless of the disputes and differences,” he added.
Some of the songs include, Mutoro, Makanaka, Ndijesu and Tiende.