18 September 2012

Zimbabwe: King Pharoah Turns to God

Forgotten musician King Pharoah real name Pharoah Kanjandewo says he has stopped staging live shows to focus on prayer. The "Kurira Kwejongwe" hitmaker, who is a member of an apostolic sect, says he now spends most of his time engrossed in spiritual matters at his religious shrine or Masowe .

"People survive on worshipping God, my friend. I have stopped staging shows because I spend most of my time at Masowe (religious shrine) and I survive on buying goods for resale in neighbouring countries," he said.

The Glen View artiste ruled out going back to the stage anytime soon saying he would continue to survive on cross-border trading.

The devout apostolic member, however, said he would be in the studio "soon" to record his 14th album.

"I am due to record soon. My fans have been crying for something new from me and after that maybe I will start to stage shows," King Pharoah said.

He, however, could not divulge the type of music he intends to record.

The musician has had a career characterised by ups and downs. During his early days, King Pharoah established himself as a sungura musician before turning to gospel i which he failed to make a mark.

He then somersaulted to secular music in the process declaring himself "the real king of sungura".

Born in 1972, King Pharoah has had his fair share of controversy and at one point, he was a practising traditional healer, with the full title, "Sekuru Pharoah," and was a registered member of Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers' Association.

He also stopped live performances claiming his ancestral spirits did not approve of shows in beerhalls.

"First, I had an accident in Chivhu while returning from a show in Beitbridge. Although there were no fatalities, the car was a write-off. Secondly, I was robbed of cash on my way back from Mozambique where I had a good show. I could not help but conclude that my ancestral spirits were against me performing," he was quoted as saying.

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