GOOD times are rolling for talented rising South Africa-based gospel musician Charles “Cee Kay” Kapunzeni (pictured right), who of late has had a busy schedule working on the production of a new single while rubbing shoulders on the stage with top gospel artistes such as Takesure Zamar in two separate shows last month.
By The Master
The talented Christian hip-hop artiste, who is promoting his single Mwari Chikakarara, which he promised to launch soon, was part of a fundraising worship concert held during the Easter holiday promoted by Tsitsi Kudita in Germiston, South Africa.
The show, which Cee Kay said was highly successful, featured Zamar, Pastor Josh Kays, Tsitsi Chawasarira, Living Praise and Africa Sing Diva Size, among other gospel musicians.
“Right now I’m working on my new single as well as my videos for the new album. This past month has been hectic. The message for the single is derived from the verses Jeremiah 29v11-33v3, as well as Zechariah 4v3,” said Cee Kay, who has emerged with his own distinct sleek style in the genre.
“I was part of a show hosted by Tsitsi Kudita, where we shared the stage with Zamar, which presented me with an opportunity to also market my new single called Mwari Chikakarara.”
On March 31, Cee Kay said he joined other gospel artistes from Zimbabwe who took part at Pardon Kudita’s Na jesu Zvinoita album launch, where Minister Praise Guvheya and Rumbie Gatwa featured at Ebenezer AFM Church in Brits, South Africa.
“Well, after the show fans from the age of 10 to young adults came for autographs and I had an interview with them explaining to them how God has raised me from nothing to something,” said Cee Kay. The street-wise background from the harsh life of Epworth does not make an ideal environment for one to produce the modern-day Christian vibes.
Epworth — a high-density dormitory town administered by the Epworth Local Board and located about 12km from the Harare city centre — is usually associated with crime, drugs and other vices but this does not seem to have affected Cee kay..
A born-again Christian at Zaoga Church, the 26-year-old multi-talented music minister said he was offering fans a diverse musical palette that exquisitely blends the international flavour of hip-hop with a distinct traditional local beat.
He was inspired by his upbringing in Zaoga in Epworth where he started his career at a tender age in 2009 dropping his debut single titled Father.
Following the positive response by the fans to the single, he was encouraged to do the album Blessed Like Never Before, which he launched in Epworth, with the guest artiste being none other than Pastor Haisa.
After that he joined the great trek to South Africa in search of greener pastures and the move helped him to raise the bar in his music career as he became a music producer, doing songs for upcoming musicians like Connie Ngalonde’s release Wethembe Kile.
The South Africa-based artiste has expanded his blossoming music career by establishing a recording house, Cee Kay Studios, in 2011.
“Owning my own studio is my biggest achievement because it was a hassle for me to record my music due to financial challenges. I was struggling to raise funds to book my works for recording,” he said.
Cee Kay is also a pianist, drummer and plays the keyboard. He managed to raise the money to set up his own recording studio out of proceeds from playing as a session musician for other music groups.
He is inspired by Nigerian gospel artiste Frank Edwards and locally he is a fan of Mudiwa and Pastor G, among others.