From soccer to topping gospel charts

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GOSPEL music has become one of the music genres currently being welcomed and appreciated by Zimbabweans countrywide and gospel sensation Sebastian Magacha has become a favourite for many. The Patriot Arts met with the “Bhosvo” singer who made other revelations on his career. ‘Seba’, as he calls himself, was born in Bulawayo before relocating to Harare. The story of Seba shows that some people were born with many talents. He was a junior player for CAPS United before picking up an injury which forced him to search for other avenues in life. As a young man born in a Christian family, Seba decided to play a keyboard in church since he had a passion for it. He said that despite the challenges, he remained optimistic in pursuing his talent. A word of encouragement from friends, elders and parents made him join the church choir. From the church choir he went to Heritage Studios where he met Misheck Mahendere, who introduced him to other gospel artistes already in the industry. Seba started building bridges when he became a backing vocalist for popular gospel artistes such as Kudzai Nyakudya, Mercy Mutsvene and Bethan Pasinawako. The experienced artistes helped him record his first album in 2007. That same year, he was nominated at the Zimbabwe Music Awards in three categories. Though he did not win an award, the nominations helped him gain popularity. He, however, got a National Arts Merits Award for best video for the song ‘Tomudana’. The award gave him the zeal to do better in his second album in 2009. He was encouraged by his fans and the Christian community to pursue his newly discovered talent. Seba also revealed that he wrote songs for other big artistes and for Sandringham High School. He has also performed live shows with popular South African artistes such as Rebecca Malope and Deborah Fraser. The year 2010 was a triumph for him. He recorded his popular album Tinaye-Faithful God with the popular song ‘Bosvo’. However, a lot of questions had been raised concerning the unavailability of a song called ‘Tinaye’ on the album. In response, he said that each song pn the album refers back to the title Tinaye. “Each song in the album reflects the meaning of Tinaye, meaning we have him,” he said. “The songs on the album help to build someone and are constructive and they also cut across every generation thereby bringing unity among the fans.” The unique thing about Sebastian is that he has one person for his manager and producer, Joseph Madziyire from extols studios. Seba chose Joseph because of his professionalism and background. Apart from releasing an album in 2010, he also had something interesting for himself. He was received with joy when he went to perform in Zambia, Mozambique and recently in Namibia and South Africa. Currently, he is looking forward to representing Zimbabwe in Kenya and the United States of America. Seba could not hide his happiness when he told the reporter that he had shared the same stage with Israel Houston and Joyous Choir. He said he was in talks with Dnuff, a popular gospel artiste from Namibia, and optimistic of positive results. Seba promised his fans something extraordinary in the near future. Though he sometimes faces financial constraints he said he was grateful for the assistance from his parents and followers. He said that he does not sing gospel to make money, but to preach God’s word. Like other artistes in Zimbabwe, he lamented piracy which he likens to stealing from ‘somebody’s pocket’. Seba pleaded with the Government to take measures against piracy. Having said he is proud of being Zimbabwean he underscored that it was imperative for all Zimbabweans to find comfort and joy in their own country, celebrating being Zimbabwean because the country was immensely

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