Gospel songstress Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave has defended her performances at Jazz 105 early this year, saying it was part of her research project.
Fungisai raised the ire of some of her fans and some evangelical Christians for staging gigs at the popular nightspot. "I know a lot has been said about my shows at Jazz 105. I decided not to respond until today now that I have achieved my goal. My research project was looking at the plight of women in performing arts and as a result I had to experience what goes on in nightclubs regarding women artistes," she said.
The "Makomborero" singer recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology degree from the Women's University in Africa.
Earlier, she said that playing in secular venues was part of spreading the gospel to the unrepentant.
The gospel diva vowed to stand up for women whenever she stages her shows.
"I got the feel of playing in a rowdy atmosphere and as a social scientist it opened up my eyes and my research was a success. The research proved that women are still marginalised in this male-dominated industry as well as in society," she said.
"I now know some of the challenges that are being faced by women in performing arts and if everything goes well, I will compile that project into a book," she said.
Fungisai has captured the attention of music lovers since bursting onto the scene at 19 as a protégé of veteran singer Elias Musakwa.
She has eight albums to her name -- "Vanogona", "Makomborero", "Zvirevo", "Highway", "Toita Zvedenga", "Ndiye Jesu", "Tawananyasha" and "Tichamuona".
The songbird, who has starved her fans of new music projects with her last recording being two years ago, said she will be releasing her ninth album titled "Zvapera" which features Blessing Shumba.
"My last album was in 2010, called 'Highway.' I have decided to release my ninth album anytime soon.
"Some of the tracks include 'Kwedu kuZimbabwe', which is aimed at promoting domestic tourism and another is 'Zero Aids', a track that gives hope and advocates for an Aids-free generation and 'Ndinobvuma Ndiregererewo' which tackles the issue of abortion and repentance among teenagers," said Fungisai.