Thompson Mazika. PIC: Tinashe Nekati
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Upcoming sungura artiste drops a six- track album

SUNGURA artiste Thompson Mazika popularly known as General Mazika has reaffirmed death’s ugly nature describing it as a bad omen that comes uninvited to wipe off beloved ones without notice.

Inspired by the death of his parents and sister in one year, Mazika has held a different view of death after witnessing it first hand on his doorstep.

The six-track album titled Ishe Vanokomborera produced and marketed by Diamond Studios and engineered by Isaac Masendeke carries the track Rufu Wakaipa that has gained traction by its deep-provoking thought as the listeners wonder where they shall be when the they die.

“I got disturbed in my life, I never knew that death is such stubborn and a bad intruder, I composed the song Rufu Wakaipa after death called all my parents and a sister in a year,” Mazika told the Daily News.

“I said to myself why has God forsaken me, working for nothing due to it, this song is directed to rebuke death’ he added.

Mazika is the front man of Royal Sounds and is in charge of vocals and bass guitar in the seven-member band.

The other tracks on the album include Kudhakwa Nerudo, Vana Vangu, Jurukamoto and Ishe Vanokomborera which is the title track.

Mazika was born in Hurungwe Kasipikiri in a family of 6.

He started his music career at Primary School where he was part of the school choir and learnt to play the guitar on the big Olivine cooking oil gallon.

The ambitious Mazika got his inspiration from Hurungwe Sounds, Artwell Matamba, Tendai Mupfuruta, Biggie Tembo and Leonard Dembo among others.

The track Kudhakwa Nerudo is also inspired by his real life story.

Mazika had a girlfriend way back and because he could not hold to his quest for love, it was very difficult for him to spend some few hours without seeing his girlfriend. One day he went straight to his girlfriend’s home and approached the parents to ask for a hand in marriage for their daughter. The parents were puzzled and amazed to see him there. They later embraced him for his courage and his kin to be known.

“Kudhakwa Nerudo was not an easy song to write for me. I was involved in an altercation with the parents of my first girlfriend when I approached them on my own with the intention of marrying their daughter,” he quipped. 

The music industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 affecting live performances where musicians largely depend on for survival.

“We are not spared with Covid-19 the shows that we used to do has stopped and as a result you find life becoming very difficult because we need to eat and care for we are family members,” he said.