Taking “Ndisiye” to the world
By Patricia Mashiri
An award winning gospel Zimbabwean male artist Tatenda Mahachi has released a brand new song featuring the legend Dr Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi titled “Ndisiye” meaning leave me alone.
The theme of the song is a direct command to the devil to leave people alone as it comes to destroy, steal and kill. Therefore the song is a declaration.
The song features Oliver Mtukudzi whom he said when he wrote the song he felt it was empty and needed another voice that’s when he decided to partner with the legend.
“I felt I needed another voice in my song. That’s when I decided to approach Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi who was impressed by my song and agreed to work with me. We complimented each other in terms of writing the song. Tuku wrote his part and I also did the same and this was the great spice of our collaboration,”Mahachi said.
In a bid to make the song Ndisiye known both locally and internationally, the artists have lined up various shows and tours. The young gospel artist has performed alongside Mega Praise, a Zimbabwean “super group” comprising artists from various church denominations and musical backgrounds.
He is an innovative singer and songwriter, whose good news message is drawn from real life experiences. His music is a unique blend of the country’s traditional beats and jazz.
Mahachi has also made history as the first Zimbabwean Gospel artist to perform in
South Africa alongside South African artists for a predominantly South African audience.
He made history when he became the first Zimbabwean artist whose video was played on the world’s largest religious TV station TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network. The video is currently enjoying airplay on other top TV stations like One Gospel, SABC and Zambezi Magic.
Tatenda has also collaborated and shared the stage with various artists spanning different gospel luminaries such as Isaac Simpsons (USA), Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, S’fiso Ncwane, Rebecca Malope, Thina Zungu, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Joyous Celebration, Dumi Mkhostad, Lundi Tyamara, Uche and Benjamin Dube (South Africa), Mechanic Manyeruke and Shingisai Suluma, as well as talented gospel artists such as Emelda Mudzamiri, Marbel Madondo, Mono Mukundu, Susan Mkhando, Rumbidzayi Sengwayo, Tracy Madzimure, Carol Wutawunashe, Tawanda Pashapa and Pardon Mutsago (Zimbabwe).
In Jazz he collaborated with Dudu Manhenga, Prudence Katomeni Mbofana, Clare Nyakujara, Prudence Katomeni Mbofana, Blessing Mparutsa, Jimmy Buzuzi. Tatenda is an entrepreneur who runs Tamtex Investments, car sales, fuel company and is also into commodity breaking.
Mahachi said, “In the music industry you have to stick to what you do best, believe in yourself and should pray for everything.”