BY KENNETH NYANGANI
A CHEGUTU-based gospel singing couple, Isaac and Rosemary Muchaita, says the current lockdown spells another sad chapter for their music career.
Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga announced a tight 30-day lockdown last weekend, which banned gatherings and ordered closure of bars, gyms, restaurants and churches.
The couple, popularly known in Chegutu as Baba naMai Muchaita, are the founders of a gospel music group Deeper Voices.
Baba Muchaita told Standard Style that the lockdown was a blow to a number of musicians.
“This lockdown is a big blow to us musicians, this lockdown is affecting us a lot,” he said.
“There is no time to practice with the band, no shows again, no selling of the music as the shops have been closed, no studio time, the curfew does not even allow us to go to studio at night.
“On the other hand, we are not saying that the lockdown is not good. We realise that it is for the protection of our people because during the Christmas holiday people were mixing and mingling without following Covid-19 preventative measures. We definitely need a lockdown to check where we are in terms of the affected persons.”
The man of God said he had also lost the opportunity to meet his congregants and give them guidance ahead of the new year.
Mai Muchaita encouraged Zimbabweans to pray against Covid-19.
“Let’s pray against Covid-19, our lives are in danger. As musicians since last year because we have been affected by Covid-19 since we had many lockdowns,” he said.
The couple has three albums including the latest Jehovha Muchengeti, which was released late last year.
They did their first recording in 2015 and their first album is called Jehovha Dombo Rangu and has eight songs. They recorded another album in 2018 titled Tererai Mwari with six songs.
The couple ventured into music soon after getting married in 2002.
They channel most of the proceeds from music to charity, helping orphans and the less-privileged children in the community.
Their 18-year-old daughter Rumbidzo is also into music.