Afro-jazz musician Daniel Ngwira could be a superstar in waiting following his hugely popular collaboration song with soul diva Diana Samkange and talented Alexio Kawara. While part-time musicians take music as a hobby, this is not the case with Ngwira who says music is like any other business that needs seriousness, dedication and determination.
"I take music seriously there is not one day that I have said music is for fun, to me it's real business that needs real time," Ngwira said.
The song "Shura Ranhasi" is receiving heavy rotation on most radio stations in Zimbabwe although most people are warming up to his music not many know the man behind the voice.
"Shura Ranhasi" features both Diana and Kawara on vocals while Ngwira's melodious voice lingers over an addictive rhythm.
The song talks about social ills bedevilling the society such as female rapists, children missing in reference to Given Flint Matapure and homosexuality.
"These are the issues that I talk about in the song and coincidentally these social ills happened almost at the same time and one wonders what has gone wrong in our society," he said.
According to Ngwira for any song to appeal to people it has to be relevant to their lives. The 37-year-old singer described his music as afro-jazz as it fuses elements of traditional and jiti vibes.
"It is mostly sing along stuff that relate to listeners from the ghetto where hardships are a part of people's lives," he said.
The collaborative effort has given a new feel to Ngwira's sound which he perfected since his debut album titled "Usacheme (Don't Cry)" in 2001.
His 2004 release "Zvinofambasei?" was rather lukewarm and he had to bounce back with "Madzokoi" released in 2006. The plug track, "One Morning", became the most outstanding song from that album.
"Given the success that we enjoyed with 'One Morning', we decided to hold live shows and the response was encouraging.
"It was a relief that some people could come to our shows and sing along to our music, that was the impetus that we needed," he said.
Following on the success of "Madzokoi", Ngwira showed consistency and released "KuSalon" (2010) where he explored the lifestyle in salons.
"Mutoko Centre" was then released last year and it also had social commentary where he says the world is now a global village since people can chart with those in the village through mobile phones.
Another song that shows Ngwira as a patriotic Zimbabwean is called "Tine Basa". In the song, Ngwira urges other musicians to have the country at heart and in the same vein he bemoans piracy.
Although "KuSalon" and "Mutoko Centre" have done exceptionally well for Ngwira, he wants to remain relevant and consistent in the industry.
"This why we have been releasing singles, so that our fans don't forget us," he said.
"KuSalon" will be followed up by a called "Hondo PaSalon", a largely comical song, which centres of the small talk that women engage in once they go for their hair-dos.
In this song, each woman brags about what her husband has been doing for her, how he is such a wonderful and caring man, for them to find out at the end that they are all dating the same man.
Besides being a patriot, Daniel can easily be described as a philanthropist and a firm believer in love, peace, unity and harmony.
He has sung about Aids in "Usacheme Don't Cry", "Love in One Morning" and even takes his fight against piracy in "Tine Basa". A former lecturer with the University of Zimbabwe, and a former treasurer at two banks, Ngwira says he can be former anything but former musician.
"This is a passion for me, I am not doing it for the money, but because I love music. So I will keep on making music for as long as I am able to breathe, music is my life," he explained.
Live shows have been planned beginning in smaller towns like Chinhoyi, Concession and Glendale.