Tembalani stares regional stardom in the eye

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Sharon Kavhu

Windhoek

It seems fusing, East and Central African gospel music with a southern African vibe has made Zimbabwean gospel star Tembalami Tagwirei a people’s favourite on Trace Gospel Channel.

While the channel is being dominated by a concoction of Nigerian, American and South African singers; Tagwirei’s music has become very significant on this platform.

Leading with ‘Sawa’ a song which he collaborated with Evlyn Wanjiru from Kenya and ‘Mbiri’ which features Janet Manyowa from Zimbabwe, Tagwirei has won the hearts of many across the southern African region.

His songs: ‘Mapapiro’ and ‘Waweza’ and which he collaborated with South African based Mukhululi Bhebhe and Sofi Membez a Costa Rican currently residing in Kenya are also receiving a warm welcome from regional audiences.

In an interview, Tagwirei told The Southern Times that regional collaborations bring diversity into the music industry which widens audiences.

“People love diversity and to cater for the region, there is a need for such collaboration. Most of my collaborations are with artists from Kenya because it is slowly becoming a hub for East and Central Africa. I want to widen my audience in East and Central Africa,” he said.

He said he enjoys doing his music projects in Kenya because the people there are also friendly and they appreciate his music as evidenced by the huge following that he has in that country.

Tagwirei is also set to release a new song that he collaborated with Alice Kimanzi-a Kenyan musician. If travel bans imposed due to COVID-19 remain in place, the song will be launched online and if lifted then there will be an official event in Kenya.

 He however, noted that everything comes with challenges and in doing music collaborations especially with musicians across the region and beyond.

“Sometimes the music is not received the same way, in the different countries, some people are confined to their own vibe. At times there is a need to travel to and from, and because of time differences there is a need to effectively coordinate,” said Tagwirei.

He said he attributes his airplay on international platforms to God’s blessings, quality and hard work.

“It has been a blessing being frequently played on Trace and other several channels. Such platforms are mostly dominated by signed artists and for an independent artist it is not easy,” said Tagwirei.

He said in his 20 years of experience in the music industry, he learnt that international platforms require one to set a standard of excellence. That is from the quality production, music and videos.

 

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