Life epitomizes a novel in that it is structured in chapters and complex phrases that takes time to grasp them .
The introduction itself might seem boring and simple yet the insatiable appetite is creates for one to keep on flipping through the pages is so overwhelming.
Each chapter furnishes you with a glimps of what the novel is all about. Although the inner chapters are important in revealing the theme or the gist of the novel, the introduction and history around it cannot be easily ignored as doing that gives a half baked view based on myopia.
It is therefore plausible to allow history to be the escort in understanding how someone’s life has been developed through the years.
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It is now five years since the death of Tongai’murozvi mukuru’ dhewa Moyo whose Flamboyant dressings left tongues wagging each time he stepped into the public.
Talking about the history of sungura music now without mentioning the name Tongai Moyo, is again being myopic.
Sungara music in Zimbabwe is one of the oldest genres that is still surving to date . Many legends who made their names in the tightly contested genre have different stories to tell, but most of them are dead.
Tongai Moyo’s life is best understood from his background .
Born on the 12th of March 1968 , Tongai Moyo has been a resident of kwekwe, the small town outside Harare which did played a pivotal role in moulding Tongai to be the exceptional character that people still talk about today.
He dressed flamboyantly,his taste of fashion plays the magic on the general populace who couldn’t resist his charm, but ended up liking him apart from his music career .
Long coats that had’talking’ colors such as white, gold, yellow and red were his favorites especially on stage.
The band members obviously did follow suit by looking good both on and off the stage.
Tongai Moyo also had a mesmerizing character and each time he conducted his shows, he was a crowd puller who drived his fans into frenzy with well choreographed dances and lyrics.
Surely, he was a force to reckon with.
His music career began in 1988 , where he played in numerous bands before joining Shirichena Jazz Band ,he served as a session musician. Like many other artists Tongai affectionately known as ‘muchina muhombe’ or dhewa came face to face with hardships but being a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist he had a greater advantage that propelled him up from the small town into being a national, regional and international artist.
The early 1990s saw him forming his own band and was able to release his first ever solo album titled’Vimbo’ in 1996.
He also released other successful hits like ‘Samanyemba and Mudzimu weshiri’, these hits helped him earn a name for himself in the dog-eat-dog industry of Sungura music which was well dominated by big names like Alick Macheso, ‘senior lecturer’ Nicholas Zakaria, chamunorwa Nebeta and the late Leonard’musorowenyoka’Dembo who by that time was late, but his music was still a living testimony that he was an exceptional talent to reckon with too.
Tongai Moyo had 14 albums to his name and the album’Naye’ saw him scooping two Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) in 2005.
‘Muchina muhombe’ also won other awards such as National Music Awards (NAMA) and he came first on the Top100 ZBC End of year music competitions numerous times.
Unlike other artists, Tongai Moyo’s music career was consistent and many still believe he and Alick Macheso ushered in a new competition in the genre that cannot be easily forgotten.
By the time he passed on, he had just released his 14th album in 2010 titled ‘Toita Basa’.
Peter Moyo his son swiftly rode on the limelight that his father had left and is still enjoying that privilege.
Up to date fans are still dancing to hits such as’Naye, Muchina muhombe, and Toita basa’
Tongai Moyo died in 2011 after battling with hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer at St Annes hospital.
Apart from his music career, he had a controversial character too which saw him undergoing an HIV test in public to bury rumors that he was HIV positive due to his deteriorating health. It is however noted that he tested HIV negative .
After his death numerous women made headlines confessing to be his wives. The official number of his children by the time of his death was six.
Although when he died many artists including Alick Macheso wept, the live battle between the two was never solved amid that they tried to bury the feud each time they shared the stage .
Tongai Moyo’s music career clearly depicts that, legends are created, if they were born, I doubt nobody would have strived for excellency!