By Style Reporter
Preacher-cum-musician Prophet Tapiwa Freddy is revelling in the glory of dominating the end of year radio and television charts and the cleric is promising more this year.
Four songs off his album Kastep Kenyasha dominated radio and TV charts, a feat no other local gospel musician has reached.
Famed for the “spiritual spectacles”, Prophet Freddy’s song Bag topped the charts on the National FM Top 50, while Munyama Wegonzo was Number 11 on the same charts. On the Radio Zimbabwe Gospel 50 his song Kastep Kenyasha was voted number one, while Munyama Wegonzo came second on Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50.
The video of the song Kastep KeNyasha was voted number six on the ZTV Coca-Cola Top 50 Videos, while on Diamond FM he came third and 13th with Munyama Wegonzo and Kastep Kenyasha respectively.
His other track Nezuro Haasi Nhasi, a collaboration he did with Mathias Mhere, was voted Number 47 on Star FM Top 50 Gospel Charts.
“Having four songs featured in different radio charts is one of the greatest achievements and all I can say is thank you everyone for voting for the Kastep KeNyasha album,” said Prophet Freddy.
Last year Prophet Freddy ended his music sabbatical releasing several music videos that shook the local gospel music scene, with some hogging the limelight on national television as well as his church’s television channel GMM TV and online platforms like YouTube.
On Friday, he told Standard Style that more music was coming and he was planning to do collaborations with top gospel musicians, including Pastor Charles Charamba, who happens to be his role model.
“My dream is to share the stage with Pastor Charamba in the near future and having a collaboration with him would be even better,” Prophet Freddy said.
“Pastor Charamba is the reason I ventured into music because he sowed a positive seed in my spirit. Every time I try hard not to sound like him because his music is in my veins. I don’t want to be a copycat, but I want his music to inspire me.
“My music dominated radio and TV charts and I give credit to God and Pastor Charamba, not forgetting my supporting wife Milanda, Naxo, Ngolomi [Lyton] the producer, my fans and the church.”
Prophet Freddy said he wouldn’t mind joining forces with secular musicians just like what he did with Baba Harare on a number of projects last year.
“As long as the collaboration does not make us lose our focus, I am prepared to work with any musician,” he said.
Last year, the charismatic preacher released videos for songs such as Vana, Tinopemberera — off his 2016 album 100 Percent Prophetic, Chikuru Kudzoka, featuring comedienne Samantha Kureya, aka Gonyeti, and Baba Harare — Kastep Kenyasha, Munyama Wegonzo and Bag.
In the video of the song Kastep Kenyasha, the preacher roped in Charles Charamba, Madam Boss, Mai Titi and Baba Harare.
He also features on Bethen Pasinawako Ngolomi’s song and video titled Damba.
Prophet Freddy has been involved in music since 2002. His other previous releases include Mesiya (2002), Serevende (2006), 100 Percent Prophetic (2016) and Kastep Kenyasha (2019). His music has received generous airplay on local radio stations.