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Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave
Fungisai Zvakavapano
Fungisai Zvakavapano
Born Fungisai Zvakavapano
(1981-01-27) January 27, 1981 (age 37)
Residence Harare
Nationality Zimbabwe
Citizenship Zimbabwe
Alma mater Women’s University in Africa
Occupation
  • Singer Songwriter
  • Fashion Designer
Years active 2000 - present
Spouse(s) Courage Mashavave
Children
  • Matipanyasha
  • Tawananyasha
  • Wenyasha
Website fungisaimusic.com

Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave is a highly rated, award winning Zimbabwean musician who mostly sings christian religious music. She rose to fame in 2000 when she recorded her first album under Elias Musakwa's stable. Fungisai has released more that 10 albums, with hits especially in her early career. After a number of years of a relative decline in her music career Fungisai experienced a rise again owing to popular songs such as Vanondibatirana on which she collaborated Zimdancehall musician, Killer T.

Background

Fungisai started in music quite early. At the secondary school she attended, Mutoko High School, she formed a group called the Heaven Bound Family. After school the group dissolved as each pursued their own lives. Growing up, Fungisai has said she was inspired by Shuvai Wutawunashe.[1]

Music Career

Fungisai has said she always wanted to be a musician and her big break came in 2000 when she backed gospel musician Elias Musakwa at a church function when one of his backing vocalists pulled out. She had her demo with a few songs and gave it to Musakwa after that show. Weeks later, she was called to record her first album, Tinokutendai Ishe. [1]

To date, Fungisai has performed collaborations with musicians such as Jah Prayzah, Killer T, Mudiwa Hood and others.

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Discography

Albums

  • Chenai Moyo
  • Tawananyasha
  • Zvirevo
  • Tinokutendai Ishe Vol 1 (2000)
  • Ndiye Jesu
  • My Healing Devotion (2017)

Awards

Videos

Fungisai ft Jah Prayzah Gore Rapera, Ndibatsire Kutenda
Makomborero
Fungisai ft Mudiwa - Wedding Bells

Trivia

  • Fungisai has said she is a Black Jew[1]
  • Fungisai has said she is inspired by Rebecca Malope
  • Despite writing and singing more than 90% religious songs, Fungisai has said she is not a Gospel musician and that she has tried to untangle herself from that label.

My beat is chimurenga and chingende. I have been trying to untangle myself from this maze that I found myself in. But then you hear that Fungisai we church avekuenda ku Jazz 105, Fungisai has performed with Joe Thomas.

As you can see, the inner person in me is battling the norms of society. Right from the onset you would hear that I have performed with Bongo Maffin, I would perform with Luciano with all that smoke. It has always been like that. It is not that easy but I have managed to say this is who I am and I hope with time people will love me for the person that I am, not the person they want me to be[2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Truth About: Fungisai Zvakavapano, New Zimbabwe , Published:19 Oct 2009 , Retrieved: 4 Mar 2016
  2. I’m not a church person: Fungisai, Sunday Mail , Published: 17 Jan 2016, Retrieved:4 Mar 2016