The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Kai Walks the Talk

Life can be one bumpy ride for a teenager and it is a point where they get to experiment with things.

To parents this is the time they brace themselves for little expeditions and some of them are self-destructive.

Although some teens come out of these alive and better informed, others are unlucky and end up living the rest of their lives with scars to remind them of their mistakes.

Unfortunately, there is no escaping. It is a phase everyone has to go through but the most important thing that comes into play is a person's upbringing and willpower.

Having seen it all and realising that all that glitters is not gold, teen gospel singer Kai Chinogara is happy that he lived to tell the tale.

After facing so many trials and tribulations the lad has become a stronger artiste who is ready to take on the world. He has come to the realisation that being a born-again Christian does not make him immune to temptations.

"As a young person, I have had my fair share of ups and downs but I am happy to say that picking myself up makes me a better Christian and in the end I know I can advise my peers better. Besides, we all go through tough times as it is part of growing up."

The second born in a family of three, Kai attended Chemhanza Primary School in Hwedza and finished his high school at Allan Wilson in Harare.

It was only last year in August that he decided to spread the word of God's grace upon his life through music. A devoted member of the Revival Fire Ministries, the young star has been in the church choir most of his teenage life.

"My Pastor, T. Doyce, is my inspiration and plays a very pivotal role in my life and since my parents travel abroad most of the time. The church as a whole also supports me fully as they provide me instruments and buy my album as well.

"The most credit, however, goes to my family for backing me and giving me financial support to chase my dreams further," he said.

The gospel star in the making said his debut album, "Born of God", was inspired by a verse in the book of James. He reiterated that it is because he is born of God that he is going to be an unstoppable force in the music circles.

The album, which is packed with inspirational songs like "Ichasvika Nguva", "Tinonamata" and "Ndinoda Kugara Naye",will leave one convinced that the young man is serious about living in the Word.

Many teenagers have special places where they seek refuge from their sorrows and for expressing their joys and aspirations and in Kai's case, music is where it happens.

"I get engrossed in my music and as soon as I start it takes me away. I feel freedom and the most important thing is that it is a positive way of expressing myself. This is something that I encourage other teens to do, instead of indulging in self-destructive options," he said.

His manager, Ronny Sigauke, had nothing but praises for the young artiste saying unlike others Kai walks his talk.

"Kai is one pleasant person before anything else so when he starts singing, it easier to believe him. He is a true Christian who embraces his flaws but at the same time striving to be a better person. He sings from the heart, and his message is realistic

"It is because he had a story to tell that we strive to expose him in many shows that we organise around Harare. Since he believes in giving back, we have also done a lot of clean-up campaigns as well as donations to children's homes," he said.

All this said and done, it is easier to see that the boy is destined for success in the next five years, like his idols, Pastor G, Kirk Franklin, Charles Charamba and Baba Manyeruke.

He has since released the video to the hit track "Ichasvika Nguva" that was directed by Tanyaradzwa Kasiyano.

Besides this, he has joined forces with his promoter Oleen Shizha in producing a follow-up album, "To-totenda Mwari", which is due for release in June next year.

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