By Sandra Maricho
KWEKWE-born Afro-jazz musician Telson Migi, popularly known as Terry Bliss in the music circles, says he is grateful to veteran musician Bob “The Headmaster” Nyabinde for nurturing him as he now embarks on exploring various avenues in the music industry.
Speaking in an interview with Standard Style, Migi said he joined Nyabinde’s Savannah Drive Band in 2005 and has unforgettable memories with the band though he went solo in 2008.
“It was when l was with The Headmaster that l had the greatest experiences of performing before larger audiences and sharing the stage with international stars,” Migi said.
“It was also during my time with the band where artistes were invited to perform at musical galas, which were highly subscribed and I still hope such platforms will be reintroduced.
Born and bred in Kwekwe, Migi started his musical journey at school after being inspired by his former teacher who came to school with a guitar.
After staying for about three years with the Savannah Drive Band, Migi went to South Africa where he was a session musician until he returned home after some time.
crooner has participated in various competitions such as the National Music Crossroads in Harare and Chibuku Road to Fame, where he won both provincial and national accolades in 2012.
He has recorded one album courtesy of Delta Beverages after winning the Chibuku Road to Fame national finals. He said the prevailing economic environment was a hindrance to artistes’ dreams.
On the local scene, Migi has warmed the stage for big artistes like the late Oliver Mtukudzi when he used to come to Kwekwe for shows.
He still has high hopes of working with Afro-jazz artistes from South Africa though he is still to make his choice.