Jonah Moyo
Jonah Moyo
BornJonah Moyo
(1955-11-26) November 26, 1955 (age 66)
  • Musician
RelativesAaron Chiundura Moyo (brother)

Jonah Moyo is one of Zimbabwe's legendary musicians whose career stretched from the late 1970s. Moyo, who leads the Devera Ngwena Jazz Band rose to stardom in the early 1980s with hits such as 'Soro naMutsai' and 'Barbra' which topped the charts. He is also considered as the founder of Sungura music genre.


Jonah was born in 1955, second last in a family of five girls and three boys.[1] One of his brothers is the renowned author, Aaron Chiundura Moyo.

Jonah left school in 1971 when his parents separated and mother could not afford to pay the school fees. He then sought and found employment as a house worker on a farm Gwelo (present-day Gweru). In 1975 he moved with his employer to Queque (present-day Kwekwe).

Music Career

In Queque he became friends with John Tagwira, a general worker for a horse-owner. The two of them discovered they both loved music. They started a band using box guitars and would perform at the local railway station and in bars after work.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag He joined the band as a lead guitarist. He was so good that the band manager made him the band-leader. He asked to assemble his own back-up members and he took on Tagwira, a brother's friend called Sora and a guy called Galancha. They became the resident band at the bar.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag This created a unique sound which was different from genres at that time. Moyo soon secured a recording deal with Teal Recording Company and their music was produced by the company's Tony Rivett.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Jonah Moyo continued to work full time at Gaths Mine where he was promoted to Senior Clerk and continued his academic studies.<ref name="paradejan1985">

Major Achievements

Devera Ngwena Jazz Band was became the first group from Zimbabwe to sell music outside the across the boarders including in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Swaziland.

International Tours

The group toured different countries such as Botswana, Mozambique, United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium and Germany. They had shared the stage with internatonal legends such as Ziggy Marley and UB40. Their popularity was not only confined to Zimbabwe,as evidenced by their invitation to perfrm at the Namibian independance day celebrations in 1990.

Personal Life

Jonah's wife passed away in 2008. He has 4 children, Shephard (musician), Cresencia, Jonah Junior and Jarelth.


He has more than 38 albums to his name that include:

  1. Murikurasika papi
  2. Usam'bate
  3. Devera Ngwena VOL 13
  4. Wapusa Wapusa
  5. Devera Ngwena 7
  6. The Best of Jonah Moyo
  7. Sugar Bum Bum
  8. Sold Gold 2
  9. Devera Ngwena Vol 5
  10. Live in Musina
  11. Devera Ngwena Vol 4
  12. Shango ndilashu vol 6
  13. Ten Randa Zwikete
  14. shango ndilashu
  15. Live at 2010 Center Thohoyandou
  16. Who ele but Jesus
  17. Makare
  18. Devera Ngwena VOL 1 & 2
  19. Sold Gold 2
  20. Solo naMutsai
  21. The Best Vol 2
  22. Best of Best
  23. Mutumbuliwa Zwingondo Vol 35
  24. Tsava Tsava Vol 26
  25. The best of Jonah Moyo


  1. Parade Magazine - January 1985 issue. Page 12-13.