Shelly Guni, Entertainment Reporter
Despite enduring a slow start to his career, upcoming Afro-pop star Munyasha Mukome harbours dreams of one day performing in-front of sold out arenas around the world.
Having dropped his debut single titled Rwendo Rwerudo featuring Hip Hop guru Desmond ‘Stunner’ Chideme, the 19-year-old artist, who goes by the stage name Munyasha, is becoming increasingly hopeful that one day his dream will come true.
“The response after this first project has been really good and it’s getting even better with time and as more people get to listen to it as well,” he told H-Metro.
“There haven’t been any live performances since the release of the debut track due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and all.”
The deadly Coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc across the globe and putting many things on halt, the youthful star was supposed to travel abroad for his Law studies in September but will have to wait until next year.
Munyasha is however optimistic that he will achieve a lot in his career.
“I’m looking forward to a lot of things in my music career but the main things I’m looking forward to are definitely, breaking records in this country and collaborating with top artists locally and internationally.
“Performing internationally is definitely part of my plan as a musician, the sky is the limit and I even hope to go on a World Tour one day,” he said.
Like many upcoming artists, Munyasha is facing challenges.
“My biggest challenge with being a young artist is getting the attention of the public and it’s much harder considering all the big names that are dominating in the country.
“Another challenge I would have to say is balancing school and my music career at the same time, it’s not as easy as people say it is.”
Munyasha believes there is plenty of opportunities in the Zimbabwe music industry.
“The music Industry in Zimbabwe is what I would describe as a gold mine that has not been fully explored. The industry is still growing and there’s so much that needs to be done, it’s filled with opportunities.
“To help upcoming artists there is definitely need for platforms that can help them specifically to just put their music out there.
“They could be web pages, social media pages or even radio programmes,” he said.
Reflecting on the past, the young artist said his love for music started when he was 10-years-old.
“I got inspired to become a musician when I was about 10 after seeing Justin Bieber on TV.
“It really pushed me to give it a try after seeing how someone so young could do so much with music and the goosebumps I got when I was watching him on TV were more of an assurance that I belong on the stage.”
“My style of music I would say is up tempo, very rhythmic and with a groove meaning that it’s something that anyone can dance to.
Whilst chances to perform live have been in short supply, Munyasha has not been idle, spending countless hours honing his craft in the studio.
“During this lockdown I’ve been more creative than I’ve ever been in the past, I guess having more time to myself has helped me dig deeper into the creative side of me as an artist.”