By Sandra Maricho
SOUTH AFRICA-based upcoming sungura musician Tongai Obert Moyo says music is in his DNA and has promised to revive the legacy of his late father Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo.
Moyo said he was passionate about music since his childhood after being inspired by his father and other legends like the late Oliver Mtukudzi.
“I was inspired by my father Tongai because he was a great musician who attracted fans all over the country and beyond,” he said.
“My vision is to continue his legacy so that Utakataka Music remains strong the way it was before, now and forever.”
Born and bred in Kwekwe, Moyo went to Kwekwe Primary School and Manunure High School in the mining town before he was transferred to Harare to complete his O’ Level.
His musical journey began in 2014 when he started singing dancehall music, but was not well-received.
Two years ago he was roped in by Mutare businessman-cum-musician Brian “Mwana Mutare” Samaita who featured the Young Igwe-e on his six-track album titled Rinoonekwa Namavanga.
Moyo Jnr featured on the album with the song Dhewa Vedu.
Moyo Jnr later joined Ronnie Mudhindo in South Africa.
“Ronnie Mudhindo has been like a guardian angel to my music career, he is my mentor,” he said.
Moyo recently launched his first project under Mudhindo. The single track Dzinza Rinokosha was launched in Kwekwe recently and the video has gone viral on social media.
Mudhindo said he was trying to unite the two brothers Tongai Jnr and Peter.
Moyo said he was working on his debut album Wedzinza Rinodadisa, which comprises of six tracks, saying he would announce the dates of release very soon.
When asked about his relationship with his brother Peter, Tongai said he would not disclose much because he wants to keep it as a family issue.
“When it comes to my brother, we tend to make it a family issue and we are fine in all aspects of life,” Moyo said.
He said he still cherishes the memories of his father who dedicated most of his time to music, but would still find time for his family.
“I shared my birthday with my father and it was a memorable experience celebrating that important day together with him. He used to come home and we would watch soccer together. May his soul rest in peace,” Moyo Jnr said.
Artistes from Kwekwe have vowed to support Moyo Jnr saying he has talent that needs to be supported.
“It’s good that we support Moyo the way we support each other. He is young and talented and with support from fellow artistes, he will rise,” said Tawanda Jumo on the popular WhatsApp group Kwekwe Podium.
Jumo, who is a teacher and musician, is passionate about assisting upcoming musicians and other artistes from his hometown.
He offers platforms for the artistes to showcase their talent and some of them have already made it in life.
Moyo Jnr thanked all those who have been supporting him financially, including his mother Lucy Mahlathini for her moral support.
“Many people have been standing by me from day one and l am so grateful for the support l am getting. Though l am still facing financial challenges on my current project, l know God will show me a way,” he said.