The return of Petronellah Sengwayo

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Sharon Kavhu

Windhoek - Female artists often find it difficult to balance their career, marriage and being mothers.

It seems in the journey, one of the three will end up being suffocated.

As for Zimbabwean gospel songstress, Petronellah Sengwayo, her musical career has been on hold for six years after creating her name with her albums Anouya and Joy.

Sengwayo, who is also an instrumentalist, released a single Murapi which is trending on social media. The song is about divine healing from God. It was released online two weeks ago and is receiving a warm welcome in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

“The song is my first release this year after a really long time. It was produced by my husband David Sengwayo,” said the songstress in an interview with The Southern Time last week.

“The world is going through tough times with the Covid-19 pandemic and I felt the urge to release Murapi even though the concept of the song came a few months ago before the outbreak of the virus.

“I dreamt about the song a few months ago and by then it was not making any sense until the coronavirus became a pandemic. The world needs healing and we can all access it through the blood of Jesus Christ.”

She said by realising Murapi, she wanted the message of hope and faith to be heard, to change lives and remove fear of Covid-19 among people.

“The last time I released music was in 2014, where I released my singles How You love Me and Zarura following my two albums. It was like I was on hold, because I wanted to focus on my family,” she said.

Sengwayo has been married for eight years and has three children. She said the pressures of being a wife, mother and a singer were a bit too much for her, thus she had to put her music career on hold.

“Balancing all this is not easy. At one point one of the three suffers. My musical career had to suffer for a while because family comes first. However, now I have learnt how to give my music time without neglecting my family.”

She started singing at the age of 7 in her late parent’s church. Since that age she never stopped worshipping. She sang in school and she was also one of the lead vocalists for Msengezi High School Choir when it recorded commercial music. She has worked with other renowned gospel singers such as Zimpraise, Janet Manyowa and Pastor G.

“Worship is my strength. However, the biggest challenge I have faced in my musical journey was staying true to myself because of pressures from several people that I have worked with in going commercial. Through these challenges I managed to stay authentic to who I am as an artist,” said Sengwayo.

 

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