Gospel music sermon
MULTI-SKILLED Yadah Voices gospel musician Tinashe Masango, who is popularly known as The Leadman, has brought his guitar skills to the big stage through his debut album on which he played various rhythms of the instrument that features on the six-track gem which carries the title song, Ndiye Zvose, released in August last year.
Masango, who is mentored by Nicholas Zakaria, has proved a worthy student of the legendary sungura guitarist by playing the lead, rhythm and sub-rhythm bass guitars on the album.
“I also did the lead vocals and backing vocals alone, while my producer Dylan Chikwange was on keyboard and the drums were digital with the track Munoshamisa having female backing vocals,” Masango told Standard Style.
He described the track titled Vehama Huyai as his favourite song on the album as it is about reminding Christians to always give thanks to the God for His unfailing love.
“He took his only Son who died so that we can be saved for our sins, he was struck naked for us to wear, was poor for us to be rich and was in pain for us to receive our healing,” he said.
The title track Ndiye Zvose is a story about his journey in life where he testifies about how Jesus transformed him after changing his life from a poor background in which he faced challenges in having decent accommodation and clothing to wear, among other challenges.
“If it was not for God’s grace I would not know where I would be right now, my life was a total mess,” he said.
While he could not hide the overbearing influence of veteran musicians such as Zakaria and Isaac Chirwa on his career, the Leadman said he was also inspired by other gospel musicians in the trade.
He urged upcoming artistes to be on the forefront of spreading the gospel through social media platforms, so that the Word of God reaches far and wide.
“We should create more platforms on social media which speak more about gospel that is what God wants us to do, because if it wasn’t for Jesus Christ, we would not be partaking in this grace,” he said.
However, it has not been an easy journey for Masango as he faced many challenges which are peculiar to upcoming musicians’ fight for recognition in the cutthroat music industry.
“One needs to pray and stand strong, not to give up, but be patient and take time to learn from others about how they overcame similar hurdles,” he said.
Masango learned how to play the guitar in 2007 at the age of 19 when he started working with the Kingdom band which is based in Mhangura before he joined the Human Life band from Chinhoyi in Mashonaland West province.
“The band used to warm up the stage for bigger musicians such as Leornard Zhakata, Alick Macheso, Takusure Muronzi and Nicholas Zakaria,” he said.
“Then in 2012, I worked with the Human Life band in Chinhoyi and we took part in the Chibuku Road to Fame competition and won at provincial level, before coming to Harare, where we came second at national level.”
The following year he joined Prophet Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries where he has managed to record his first album.
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