Unheralded Zimbabwe-born gospel artist Tapiwa Ndoro seems to have won the hearts of many in Botswana following the release of his latest album titled Tirivana in which he collaborated with some of that country’s biggest names in gospel music.
By Staff Reporter
Ndoro left the country for Botswana in 2008 as a nonentity on the local gospel scene although he had worked behind the scenes with seasoned artists such as Tawanda Mutyebere, Gugu Moyo, Dona Chibaya and Shadrek Usayi as a backing vocalist.
His debut project, an album titled Muyenzi was a flop.
“In 2008 I came to Botswana in search of employment and I recorded my debut album titled Muyenzi in 2015 which didn’t do well because of financial challenges,” he said.
The 32-year-old musician said his latest offering had won the hearts of many gospel music followers in Botswana.
“I released my second album titled Tirivana this year and it is doing very well. I worked with three producers which makes the production a cut above the rest,” he said.
“I also worked with two big artists in Botswana namely Captain Dira on the song Makazvigona Sei and Kabelo Eric on the song Zimbabwe. I really thank the Lord Almighty for this breakthrough.”
The Glen Norah-born artist said his songs were getting a lot of airplay and the media in Botswana was awash with reviews of the latest offering which was a seven-track album
“The songs are being played on radio almost every day and last week there was an album review in one of the local newspapers here in Botswana. The response has been unbelievable and I was not expecting to make it in a foreign land,” he said.
“I believe God is opening new doors for me in the music industry and I’m working very hard so that by the end of this month I’ll start shooting videos for the songs on the album.”
Ndoro was born in Harare’s Glen Norah suburb in a family of five, three boys and two girls. He did his primary education at Chembira Primary School in the same suburb before he moved to Mathew Rusike for secondary education.
“When I completed high school, I briefly worked for the government and I was a member of the Glad Tidings church choir at High Glen. In 2007 I worked with Mutyebere, Moyo, Chibaya and Usayi as a backing vocalist,” he said.
Ndoro said he had not given his back on gospel music followers in Zimbabwe.
“I am coming to Zimbabwe, hopefully in a fortnight’s time to launch the album. I am very flexible to work with Zimbabwean gospel artists, but my main aim is to help upcoming artists. I know how it is like when you are starting your own things,” he said.
Ndoro is married to Lisa Nyasha Marembo and they are blessed with a daughter Kimberly Adel Ndoro.