HARARE – Former Mafriq member Tungamirai ‘Tunga T’ Mavi has bounced back on the music scene with a gospel album.
Mavi participated in the production of two Mafriq albums titled Chizevezeve (2006) and Shungu Dzemoyo (2009) before pursuing a solo career.
The ex-Mafriq member says his new 17-track album titled Approved Workman, which was produced at My Africa Studio, is a reflection of his Christian lifestyle.
“I used to sing with Mafriq but left the group because I wanted to sing gospel,” Tunga T told the Daily News this week.
“I tried to convince my colleagues to do gospel but they were a bit sceptical about it.
“I began my solo career in 2010 and Approved Workman is testimony of the work that I have done so far.”
Tunga, who insists he is not ashamed to live his Christian faith, included his ex-Mafriq partner Pauline Gundiza on his new solo project.
“This album is totally different from the common gospel music people are accustomed to.
“The content is local combined with international instrumentals,” said Tunga T who also collaborated with Munya H2o and Myth on the album which carries flavours of dancehall, reggae, contemporary, hip-hop and jazz.
“My target is the youth because I realised there is a huge gap between what the younger generation wants to listen to and what is locally available to them.
“As a young artiste, I fused the beats that the youths love with positive messages. I did the track Little By Little which talks about how God takes his time to meet our needs.
“There is also Hatifoire meaning nothing is impossible with God and Ndimi Ishe a praise song,” said the former Mafriq singer.
Tunga, who also doubles as a fashion designer, has designed for various artistes and local companies.
“I started designing round about the same time I began music.
“My first design was a unique woollen hat and since then I began to get orders,” he said.
“I have designed for church choirs, artistes, companies who want unique uniforms and for individuals.
“My designs have been showcased at Rubies of Africa in South Africa, Miss Global Zimbabwe, Miss
Universities and Miss Rural.”