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Writes Tafadzwa Muranganwa
A rising contemporary gospel musician is delighted with how his Jiti-infused songs have won the hearts of many.
Born Brighton Mutanda, Booster as he is affectionately known in the music circles, chronicled how his music was initially given a thumbs down for being ‘noisy’ and associated with profanity.
This publication caught up with the Mufakose-born artiste who narrated his rise to stardom.
“When my manager, Spunky, discovered me, he said I possess a lot of energy and Jiti would perfectly suit my vibe.
“However, when I performed, some people criticised the music for being noisy and annoying,” chronicles Booster.
“I was then invited to perform before our church founder and leader, Bishop Dr Sydney Mabhiza. I was taken aback that he immediately fell in love with it and that seal of approval gave me the confidence to continue churning out Jiti-infused songs,” added Booster.
The energetic singer is working on a debut album ‘Ndidi Ndadi’ but boasts of a string of singles Ndomudao, Mauya Nei, Maoko Mudenga, Burukai, Mhere Mhere, and Jesu which features Special Madamombe, all recorded at Not Nice Studios.
Booster started his music career while in Grade 6 at Gwinyiri primary school where he was part of the school choir. Inspired by Oliver Mtukudzi and Victor Kunonga, he started writing songs from the time he was in Form 3.
He has been able to perform with various established artistes and according to the upcoming musician, this has boosted his confidence.
“I produced sterling performances at Joseph Tivafire, Pastor Matende, and Mambo Dhuterere album launches.
” The way the artistes encouraged left me oozing with so much confidence, ” quips Booster.
The musician attended the Zimbabwe College of Music after being bankrolled by the church and had a stint with the Zimbabwe Signals Band.