By Style Reporter
SOUTH AFRICA-BASED urban grooves crooner Tendekayi Mushekwi, aka TK Hollun, says the Covid-19 lockdown could be a blessing in disguise as it has allowed him more time to work in his studio.
The musician has been holed up in Durban for more than a decade and believes he can make use of the Covid-19 lockdown.
South Africa is the worst hit African country. But just like most countries, it is lifting its lockdown, although curfews and the ban on gatherings largely remain in place to combat the spread and improve containment of confirmed cases.
However, TK Hollun believes he is still under the lockdown since his job does not make the grade of lockdown level 3 that starts tomorrow in South Africa.
“I am still locked inside the studio, doing what I like best – music. I can only go back to work when we get to level 5,” TK Hollun told Standard Style.
“I have managed to produce three singles during the lockdown period, including the song Pamusoroi, which I released on Friday.”
Pamusoroi is dancehall-flavoured and TK Hollun pays tribute to his cousin and former Warriors striker Nyasha Mushekwi.
“Yes, it has a dancehall feel. In music there is what we call diversity and this is what we are doing,” he said.
“The song is now available on most music online stores. It has a lyric video and we will work on its visuals once the lockdown is lifted.”
TK Hollun said he was happy that his family supports his hustle although they are yet to realise the fruits of his commitment.
“My wife is my biggest supporter although she is yet to reap the benefits,” he said.
TK Hollun in December released his sixth album titled Blood Pressure in Durban at a sold-out show.
The artiste, famed for the song Ndafunga Kure, has come up with a live band, which he believes was the missing link in his live performances.
He is regarded as one of the pioneers of urban grooves in Zimbabwe and has vowed to keep the genre alive and spread the beat across the globe.
Urban grooves became popular around the year 2000 when the government came up a deliberate policy to promote local arts by enforcing a 75% threshold for broadcasting local content on national media.
On his sixth album, which was produced by Nigerian Capt Blu and James Adams of Chitsidzo fame, TK Hollun features young Zimbabwean rapper Swiss Blizzle on the track Heavy Party and Capt Blu and Zimbabwean King Asali feature on the track Turn Up. Adams, who has been in South Africa for some time, is featured on the track Mukuru.