Fungisai finally has a reason to smile


CONTROVERSIAL singer Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave has joined compatriot Winky D as the second Zimbabwean to be played on BBC after her song,Vanondibatirana,alongside dancehall chanter Killer T playlisted on the station lat week.

The gospel songbird-cum-dancehall diva’s award-winning collaboration with the country’s hottest dancehall star received its first play on British broadcasting corporation BBC Radio 1Extra on Sunday last week.

Getting airplay on the station has become a celebrated feat by African musicians,with South African rapper AKA flaunting the station’s playlisting of his hit song,Baddest,in December.

It remains to be seen whether Fungisai’s song will be as successfully as Winky D’s Disappear on the station’s charts and among listeners

The Ninja President’s summer hit song from his Gafa Life Kickstape hit number one on the Destination Africa Top 5 hosted by DJ Edu on the station.

Despite the controversy from her collaboration with an artiste who seems to be at odds with her gospel roots,the song with Killer T has found favour with fans who connect with its compelling mixture of the gospel lyricism and danceable dancehall rhythms.

“As you can see,the inner person in me is battling the norms of society.Right from the onset,you would hear that I have performed with Bongo Maffin,I would perform with Luciano with all that smoke.

“It has always been like that.It is not that easy but I have managed to say this is who I am and I hope with time people will love me for the person that I am,not the person they want me to be,”said Fungisai explaining the collaboration.

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