Trapstar Takura says United Family Church leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa inspired his track Jehovah, which he released last week.
By Sindiso Dube
Takura said Jehovah was a plea to God in his life. In the song, the rapper talks about his life, for instance, his relationship with God, his love and plea to God to protect his daughter April Dananai just in case he dies early and also asking God to bless him with a “couple of billion dollars” through his music.
Takura goes on to quote the Bible in the book of Galatians 5 verse 16, which says: “So, I say walk by the spirit and you will not gratify you the desires of flesh.”
He further goes on to advise newlyweds — Tytan and Olinda — whose marriage is allegedly on the rocks, barely two months after their wedding.
“Iwe Tytan naOlinda, musasiyane mazvinzwa [Tytan and Olinda, do not break up],” he sings.
Speaking to The Standard Style, Takura said the track was inspired by a sermon by Makandiwa.
“The track is about things happening around me and basic lifestyles in the country. This song was inspired by a sermon from Prophet Makandiwa and it’s not the first time his sermons have inspired my work. He also inspired my track Ndoda More off my latest album, I put his sermon there.
“I don’t go to his church, but I just get inspiration from his sermons that I watch. I love the way he preaches and talks to the youth. He makes it simple to understand the Word and also his examples are relatable. He is not like other preachers who will confuse you with their preaching.”
On its debut on social media’s video-sharing site YouTube on Wednesday, Jehova had amassed more than 8 000 views.
Meanwhile, Takura, who is spearheading a campaign to fill up the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), said he was not roping in South African rapper Cassper Nyovest in his ambitious project.
Takura started the campaign in April with a tweet to his followers: “If I get 5K RT [retweets], I am doing #FillUpHICC with the one and only @CassperNyovest who inspired me and many other African artistes to do everything they say we can’t do #SomeoneHadToDoIt #ZimStandUp[sic].”
Last week Takura said he was still going ahead with the plan to fill the giant Harare venue, but he would not invite Cassper Nyovest as initially planned.
“The plan is still going on and we are still working on it although I won’t get much into the details behind the preparations,” he said.
“Pople must know that it’s happening and they will soon see something that they have never seen before in Zimbabwe.
“I am tired of us Zimbabweans doing the same thing each and every year. We need to change the way we do our things and I am going to be the one to change that.
“I am not bringing Cassper. It’s something that I feel like doing all alone. We need our own show as Zimbabweans and some of the local artistes don’t even know how big their fan base is because they have never tested it.”
The award-winning rapper said Zimbabwe needed more shows of such magnitude.
“People want to have fun and I feel like we are not giving people more of that fun. I am planning to be hosting a festival or concert that I will headline annually,” he said.
He promised to release more tracks before the end of the year.
“My year starts in summer and Jehovah was just a teaser to what I have in store this summer,” he said.
“We might also have a couple of international collaborations and also international tours to top it up.”
Takura is riding high with tracks such as Ngoro yemoto, Dananai (a dedication to his daughter) and Munondiziva Wani off his latest album Someone Had to Do It.