Flamboyant lifestyle,mesmerizing character, who doesn’t remember Tongai Moyo?

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!


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