T Gonzi exhibits versatility on new track

T Gonzi exhibits versatility on new track

By Colette Musanyera

AWARD-winning hip-hop artist T Gonzi continues to showcase his artistic capabilities by exploring other musical genres after fusing hip-hop with Afro-pop.

Born Tinashe Gonzara, T Gonz, who rose to stardom in 2015 after dropping “Zvenyu”, proved his mettle in the hip-hop arena with tracks like Hurombo, Kwauri Ikoko and Kure, a collaborative effort with Ishan which earned him a National Arts Merit Award.

However, in his new offering Wadiwa Mudiwa, the rapper exhibits his versatility by fusing hip-hop with afro-pop, while a sungura guitar was also used on the track.

“As an artist, one has to develop. I’m known as a high artist. I decided to fuse it with afro-pop, using a sungura guitar. I appreciate the comments. People are allowing me to be an artist, not just a hip-hop artist.

“The song relates with the people. I just felt with the popularity I have to come up with music that inspires and gives people hope. I’m going to come up with many songs with different types of beats.

“The awards I have bagged come with responsibility and my responsibility as an artist is to make music that people love and can relate to,” he said.

It is also a remarkable show of resilience as the talented rapper almost lost his life in 2019 after being mugged and stabbed by armed robbers on his way from the studio.

“It was a near-death experience, but it changed me. I almost lost my life and now appreciate life more. The incident also made me increase my faith in God. The incident also taught me to take my career seriously and give my all in what I do since life is too short.”

The Mufakose-born artist is a recipient of the 2020 NAMA Outstanding Male Award.