Masvingo jazz musician Elias Innocent Tshuma has joined forces with gospel diva Ratidzo on a single titled Nechipo Changu, which features on Tshuma’s new album titled Team Hombe.
By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu in Masvingo
The single Nechipo Changu talks about the different gifts people have and how they should appreciate what God has given them.
Tshuma told The Standard Style that he decided to sing the song because he owes his talent to the Lord.
“As artistes who do not sing gospel, people think we do not pray or we do not know that there is a Lord in heaven. It is only that the gifts and the line of genres differ, that is why we end up singing otherwise,” Tshuma said.
“By singing jazz or any other type of music, it does not mean one does not have Jesus in their lives, but the gifts do differ and because of the Lord we do have those gifts.”
The youthful artiste said pride was not the way to go when one reaches their goals.
“All one has to do is to give praise to the Lord. Being humble is the way to go and the Lord will remember you in whatever one does,” he said.
“The gifts we have are from God so no one should ever boast about the talents they have because if it was not for God one might not have had that certain talent so all the praise has to be given back to him.
“So, the rule of law is that do not forget the Lord if you progress in life so being humble is the best thing and God will bless us more.”
Tshuma believes Wekare is the biggest thing in gospel music in Masvingo, hence his decision to pick her up for the collaboration.
“Wekare is one of the most recognised artistes in the province and has a powerful message she decodes to the people and she sings from the heart. She is also humble and does not go about boosting about the talent she has thus the relevance of the song we sang,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tshuma has another new project, a 12-track album titled Team Hombe.
He released his first debut project, a single titled Ronda in 2017 followed by an album titled Ndipeiwo Nguva released last year.
Known by his stage name, Wamambo, Tshuma said music was an in-born.
“Singing has always been part of my life, but at some point my career almost hit a snug after I failed to get someone to guide and mentor me,” he said.
Tshuma was born 24 years ago and did his primary education at Zimuto Primary School in Masvingo before moving to Mberengwa where he did his secondary education at Mphosi High School.
He records music at Firehouse Studios with producer Man Gidda and at A Sharp Studios under DJ Romeo.
Tshuma says his music is inspired by Jah Prayzah, Tocky Vibes and Andy Muridzo.