Sunday, 15 October 2017

YOUNG IGWE REMEMBERS HIS DAD

Rising sungura artiste Peter “Young Igwe” Moyo believes the way he has turned his life around is making his late father Tongai smile contentedly in the afterlife.

After Tongai “Dewa” Moyo succumbed to non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer on this day exactly six years ago, Peter took over the leadership of both his father’s family and backing band-the Utakataka Express.

For close to four years after his celebrated father’s death, the upcoming artiste was a target of criticism largely because of womanising.

But Young Igwe insisted in an interview with the Daily News on Sunday that he is now a changed man.

“Well to be honest, I think at the moment I am doing what most fathers in Zimbabwe would want their children to do when they have passed on; continuing  with the family legacy.

“I guess from wherever my father is, he is proud of me,” said Peter.

The upcoming sungura artiste added that the womanising that characterised his life soon after the death of his father resulted from lack of maturity.

“Well, the truth is that it is part of growing up. Everyone goes through such a stage before becoming a more mature person.

“I guess I am mature now and am now focusing on perpetuating my late father’s legacy while at the same time building my own.

“I have learnt that life is not easy … I became a father figure of  several families at the age of 23 and that is not a joke my brother…a 23-year-old handling finances  and managing to complete the house my father  left incomplete when he died.

“To be honest, I don’t want to take credit for that, God was in control and he still is,” he told the Daily News on Sunday.

In commemoration of his father who died on October 15, 2011, Young Igwe has lined up some concerts at the end of the month which will feature Zora star Leonard Zhakata.

Peter concedes, though, that this year’s commemorative gigs for his father will be fairly low-key.

“We will hold the main commemorative gig at Extra Mile Leisure Spot in Harare on October 29. We intend to do a few gigs with Zhakata before the main event.





“I agree that under normal circumstances we should have held the event in a bigger venue but we couldn’t secure a suitable venue.

“Big venues are difficult to get now. In the past we used to hold the event in the Harare Gardens,” he said.

Young Igwe justified the involvement of Zhakata in the annual Dewa Commemorative gigs.

“My father liked Zhakata’s music and I am also a big fan of his music. In the past commemorative gigs, I never got to share the stage with him that is why I have decided to make amends this year.

“I am very happy that Zhakata has agreed to partner with me. He is a very professional and talented musician.

“His voice is original; it is so unbelievably good. He is like Progress Chipfumo and Baba naMai Charamba in terms of having a good voice,” he said.

Many fans of the late Tongai have encouraged Young Igwe to remix some of his late father’s hits as a way of remembering him but the rising sungura artiste is not willing to take that route.

“I don’t want to remix my father’s hits because I will taint their quality. They are good enough as they are.

“Maybe what I will do much later is to re-record some of his less popular songs from his first four albums.

“But I will only do that maybe after I have established myself as a music brand maybe after my fifth album,” said Peter, who launched his third album titled Mopao Mokonzi in May this year.

His third album includes  tracks such as Mweya Mutsvene, Baba Namai, Kurera Haizi Nyore (featuring Andy Muridzo,) Mudiwa Wangu, Musara Pavana and Muridzi Weupenyu.

On Mopao Mokonzi, Young Igwe collaborated with CAPS United Football Club and Zimbabwe goalkeeper Edmore “Zikeeper” Sibanda and gospel artiste Trymore Bande.


The Kwekwe-born artiste burst onto the music scene in 2013 when he released his debut album — Mushonga Mukuru. He followed it up with Mabasa aMwari two years later. Daily News

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