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Mark Ngwazi: “I Didn’t Know I Was That Popular”

Before he retraced his musical passion, Mark Ngwazi laboured in Harare as a security guard. When his name was omitted from the Zima awards, ...

Before he retraced his musical passion, Mark Ngwazi laboured in Harare as a security guard.

When his name was omitted from the Zima awards, his fans were incensed. “I did not submit an entry because I had released my single on November 25 but thought it was too late. I know all the processes at Zima, but on this one, it slipped me,” said Ngwazi.

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“I apologise to my fans over that. I saw the list and we should accept it. Our job as musicians is to entertain and sing. It is for the judges to come up with the nominations list. They know their job.”

When it comes to lyrics, Ngwazi is proving to be a master of the art, loaded with wise, witty expressions in all his songs. No wonder his exploits have charmed a loyal following who now associate with rising singer.  

On social media, he is doing wonders, having surpassed 100,000 likes on Tik Tok.

Three years later, he returned to his first love, the guitar. As a boy, he strung his homemade banjo guitar, imitating Macheso, Pastor Charles Charamba among other musicians. On stage, he can play all types of guitars, but he prefers rhythm and lead guitars.
Sungura Musician, Mark Ngwazi
The singer was surprised by the popularity he has established. “I did not know I was that popular until the day my song was voted the best on the Top 50 chats on Radio Zimbabwe,” he told NewsDay. In the meantime, he is driven by a motto: trust nobody suspect everybody.

The Sungura music composer is, however, reinventing the local genre with perfection. In his recent albums, the musician may sound like Aleck Macheso, on another verse he resembles Leonard Zhakata.

Njanja Express, his dancing crew exudes the energy of the late Tongai Moyo’s Utakataka Express, dishing explosive dancing styles. The guitar playing antics he presents, resonate with Alick Macheso, the king of the Sungura beat.

With some music greats fading into oblivion, producing hurried content, Mark is surely filling that yawning gap created by the departure by former Sungura players, with his sublime and spot-on social commentary.

Fusing English words into his songs has reminded observers of the late Solomon Skhuza, who sang eloquently in local and English languages. 

Ngwazi is reinventing the Sungura beat to the gratitude of local fans. Five albums later, he has cleansed and rejuvenated the beat, popular within beerhalls, nightspots and vernacular radio stations.

The ongoing comparison between Ngwazi and Macheso, ignited by their recent albums, has torched an ugly social media exchange. Some fans even declared that Macheso has reached his climax, claiming that Ngwazi would take over the sungura mantle. 

However, music promoter Wanisayi ‘Mahwindo’ Mthandwa has cautioned musicical fans to stop comparing the two.

“It’s just a joke to compare the two and an insult to Macheso and the industry. Mark has his own level. Macheso is the grand dad, while Mark is the grandson,” Mahwindo said.

“Mark is just a new kid and can never match Alick’s level. Most people knew of Mark Ngwazi after his hit Taurai Madzoka last year and to me, it’s a joke of the year or can l say pure madness to compare the two.”


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