By Hardlife Samuwi
ACE sungura musician Mark Ngwazi of the Charger Yekatsono fame has bounced back with his fifth album titled Chamugwedumugwedu Chamatindike, Zim Morning Post can report.
The album launch is set be launched Wednesday at East Point (formerly Jazz 105) in Harare.
He will be supported by his band Njanja Express which has complemented his vocal prowess to become a force to reckon with in the cut throat sungura music genre.
Preparations for the potentially explosive launch have reached fever pitch and Ngwazi told Zim Morning Post that if everything goes according to script, his fans must expect fireworks.
Ngwazi cut his teeth in the music industry when he was still in 2002 and then he used to play home-made guitars to hone his skills.
“My passion for music started in the year 2002 when I was still in Form 1 playing home-made guitars.
“I used to play the home made guitars with my best friend Emmanuel Mhlanga who has since joined the police force.
“ We used to imitate seasoned artistes like Charles Charamba, the late Paul Matavire and living legend Alick Macheso.
“I don’t recall being helped to play guitars since I largely self-taught myself. I used to listen to other people’s music and would then create my own sound,” he said.
He added that he can play all types of guitars although he prefers the lead and rhythm guitars on live shows.
The Njanja bred musician was born in 1988 in a family of seven – three girls and four boys.
He is a third born to Boas Ngwazi and Rudo Kashiri.
He attended his primary education at Mutengwa Primary before enrolling at Mudawarima Secondary School where he wrote his Ordinary Levels in 2005.
He also had a stint at Bhadella Wholesalers as a security officer.
Ngwazi already has four albums under his belt, namely Gudo Muriwo, Charger Yekatsono, Mudzimu Wabudira Pambeveve and Zvandigumbura.
Ngwazi lamented over the negative effects of the Covid- 19 pandemic on the arts industry.
“ We survive on live shows so since the pandemic started, things are not well at all.
“Noone buys CDs now because of piracy so we are affected in a big way but we pray for better days to come and we believe all shall be well,” said Ngwazi.