He is that young man whose introduction into the music sector was welcomed by many. Though he was often referred to as a Jah Prayzah copycat, his future was bright and many knew him after the hit song Dherira. He never looked back and became the most-sought after musician on local soil. Andy Muridzo (real name Kudzai Andrew Ngwenya) then joined the Military Touch Movement (MTM), a move that his followers were against. His private life issues have been in the public glare and the artiste at times feels that this has affected his music brand. He split with his wife Amai Keketso and, according to him, he has found a new love.
Our reporter Jairos Saunyama (JS) had an exclusive interview with Muridzo (AM), who is set to release a new album in August this year, where he poured out his heart on his music career and life. Below are the excerpts from the interview.
JS: Most fans are aware about your nasty divorce with Amai Keketso, has the storm calmed now?
AM: It is not an honourable thing to be a big name in the world when you are not happy in the house, but right now I am in the most comfortable and healthy relationship ever with my new spouse. So I can say, I am working on rebranding myself.
JS: You are already into a new relationship? Isn’t it too early?
AM: People thought I was still with Amai Keketso, we parted ways long back, but it was not for me to tell people.
JS: Who is the lucky woman?
AM: That is PC (Private and Confidential).
JS:How is your music career like currently? Have you really achieved what you wanted to?
AM: An artiste never achieves anything because when you reach the top, you want more and more. But what we need is appreciation of what we have.
JS: Do you appreciate what you have achieved so far?
AM: I do, but I am aiming for more.
JS: What are the challenges that you are facing in your career?
AM: Not many. I only want fellow Zimbabweans to appreciate art.
JS: What do you mean by fellow Zimbabweans should appreciate art?
AM: People tend to concentrate more on the personal life of an artiste and less on the works of their own hands.
JS: In other words, you are saying, your personal life has been monitored by people instead of your music?
AM: That is true.
JS: You have been dishing out song after song , and some say you have lost your touch as compared to those days when you did Dherira? What is your comment on that?
AM: I have not reached their expectations so they regard it as a failure, but if our nation was economically stable I would use my finances to be on top like other African artistes who have great talent like I do.
JS: You said that people focus on your personal life, do you regret that some of those personal life challenges have negatively affected your music?
AM: Obvious, because people will have the wrong picture of Andy, hence they will hate everything about the brand.
JS: Some have been against your move to join MTM with others accusing the stable of “swallowing you”, what is your comment on that?
AM: It was a learning process, everybody passes through processes in life and it’s normal for every person to make mistakes, but we learn from them.
JS: So you are admitting that joining MTM was a mistake?
AM: It was not a mistake to me, it was a learning process.
JS: What do you have in store for your fans this year?
AM: I have an 11-track album to be released in August.
JS: Is it true that some band members deserted you recently? Who are they?
AM: It is true, four of them have decided to start their own solo careers. I do have the best replacements ever. I lost Nyika on bass, Tinashe the drummer, Quantum the backing vocalist and Spanner the engineer.