Young Zim musician speaks on his hurdles to stardom

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

An upcoming musician has spoken about his journey to stardom which he says is not  a stroll in the park.

The Gwanda-born Tapiwa Bandira popularly known as Taniqo poured his heart out to Radio VOP saying he is unemployed and is struggling to make successful music projects  but is inspired by stories of other musicians who are now successful.

“I am not employed to finance my own music productions but I will not relent because I am looking at other successful musicians whose beginnings started off just like mine,” said  Tapiwa

Taniqo is inspired by Enock Gunhi popularly known as Nox and Ras Caleb of the Tokwe Mukosi fame.

While most of his peers are singing Zimdancehall, Tapiwa has created his own genre dubbed ‘Qoqo music’ which he says is a mixture of  reggae and Afropop .

A former former student of Mzingwane High School in Esigodini he started music at a very tender age  at church together with his brother and parents.

“ I  started singing way back in our church End Time Message together with my dad, mum and  brother where we led the church choir,” added Tapiwa.

According to the artiste, he has one album under his belt titled ‘Zambuko’ which had only few songs that were featured on local radio stations.

“I only have one album to my name but had a few songs that got airplay as some presenters were demanding kickbacks for me to be played on their radio stations,” he revealed.

There have been widespread claims that radio personalities  seek bribes from artistes for airplay on radio stations .

The title track ‘Zambuko’ a translation for bridge aptly speaks to the musician’s endeavours to realise his goals in life against all odds.

The six-track debut album also carries ‘ Can’t Let You Go’ which was sung in Ndebele and is inspired by the artiste’s true love story.

“The song  is true  love song about  my girlfriend who had ditched me but I love her so much that we reconciled ,”chuckles the affable artiste.

Other songs that one can instantly fell in love with include a gospel track  ‘Your Presence’  and ‘Ane Smile Yakanaka’.

The arts industry is struggling at the moment since the sector is easily regarded as leisure and recently popular young musician Andy Muridzo was ditched by his band members over poor remuneration. Other artistes are now turning to farming,  selling second-hand clothes  and various other side activities to augment their meagre musical proceeds.