The Herald (Harare)

8 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Kunenyati to Revive Kasongo

Yesteryear musician Knowledge Kunenyati of the famous Kasongo Band is seeking instruments so that he can return to the music scene. Kunenyati, who a few months ago left people shocked as he narrated his promiscuous past experiences, said he still has the energy to resume live shows. The aging musician, who is now a member of the Zaoga church in Chitungwiza, said he wants to revive Kasongo Band but he will sing gospel.

"I am now born again and what I want now is to resume live shows whereby I will preach the gospel of Christ through music.

"I left secular music and my wish is to now join the band wagon of Blessing Shumba, Baba Charamba and Magacha among others in gospel music.

"I know many people cannot believe that I am into gospel music but this is true, there is time for everything and this is the time for me to do God's work.

"The problem I have is of instruments, I don't have any instruments to embark on this journey.

"Once I get instruments I will go all the places I used to perform while with Kasongo and preach the gospel through music. I am appealing for assistance to anyone who can help me with music instruments," he said.

For some, it is unbelievable that from being part of a star-studded band featuring the likes of Ketai Muchawaya, Marko Sibanda and Jackey Ncube, Kunenyati would trade sungura for the gospel. Kasongo Band dominated the airwaves in the 1980s with hits such as Fundo Inokosha, Asante Sana, Pamabasa and Kuguta Kushanda, among others.

However, while many expected he would rejuvenate the band, he said he had "repented".

"I repented at my last show in Muzarabani in 1999. God made this possible considering how badly we used to behave at our performances," Kunenyati said.

To reinforce his Damascene turnaround, Kunenyati is now a proud holder of a diploma from the Zaoga Bible School in Harare. Last year, he released his latest album "Kutendeuka Nekudzikinurwa", a gospel album which he said was a hallmark of his new-found love.

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