Musician speaks on career, work

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Tendai Chara

UPCOMING gospel musician Evelyn Natsai Moyo (pictured), who is set to release a new album next month, has opened up on her journey as a musician and mother.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Sunday Mail Society, Moyo, who is better known as Natsai, revealed how lack of confidence delayed her music career.

“I started writing and recording gospel music in 2004. I was, however, not brave enough to release the music,” Natsai said.

The realisation that she was getting older forced her to act, resulting in the release of her first album, “Vanokurwira”, in 2020.

“I realised that I was drawing closer to 40 years, yet I had not started my music career. That thought forced me to release my first album,” said the mother of three.

The gospel singer, who is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, said “Vanokurwira” is a song of hope.

“When I wrote this song, I was reeling from financial problems. I knew I could not fight this battle alone. There was need for spiritual intervention. This is a song of hope for those that are abandoned, fearful or overwhelmed,” she said.

A chartered accountant by profession, Natsai also claimed academic studies delayed her entry into music,

“I have always had a strong passion for music but my parents insisted that I should pursue an academic career first.”

She says the death of her mother when she was only seven-years-old inspired her to become a musician. I lost my mother in a car accident in which I was badly injured. I spent weeks in hospital and during this time, my grandmother would sing hymns to me. From there, I developed a close relationship with God and throughout my childhood, I would write songs to God and sing them to myself,” added Natsai.

In high school, she joined the school choir and was also a member of her church’s praise and worship team. The gospel singer also spoke about her forthcoming album.

“On this project, I am working with various producers. The album will be a mixture of many different genres. Most of the songs are praise and worship, in both Shona and English. The songs are meant to bring hope and comfort.”

By incorporating different genres, she reckons, the album will appeal to people from diverse backgrounds and tastes.

A firm believer in lively, entertaining gospel music, Natsai said gospel music should be fun so that people can enjoy it. At church, she serves as treasurer of the ladies’ fellowship, member of the praise and worship ministry, youth advisor and teacher of catechumen class. Within the next 10 years, the aspiring singer sees herself as an international gospel artiste, collaborating with musicians from all over the world.  A former backing vocalist for pastor Bonnie Deuschle, she lists dancing, cooking, song writing and farming as some of her many hobbies.  She is also a volunteer member of the Zimbabwe Microfinance Trust Fund, a fund that gives loans to disadvantaged members of society. sundaymail

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