Musician’s double tragedy

South African-based Zimbabwean gospel musician, Ben Masuku, has showed that heartbreak cannot keep a good man down, soldiering on after the loss of two people who helped shape the beginning of his career.

Sometime last year, Masuku (36) lost his musical partner, Sicelo Moyo, with whom he recorded his debut album, Mangingene. While still trying to get to terms with the loss of Moyo, Masuku lost his mentor, Dokotela.

“I really cannot describe how I felt after the loss of these two people who helped me get into this industry,” said the Tsholotsho-born Masuku. “At some point, I thought that the music industry would not be ideal for me after their death and decided to quit because I could not cope in the studio anymore. However, I got some encouragement from my fans and thought that I should do my former colleagues an honour by carrying forward the work we had started together.”

Masuku said that he also got strength from Dokotela, who played instruments in his second album, Yehla Moya.

“When he left for Zimbabwe, Dokotela urged me to continue in the industry and do justice to the work we had started together, so that also helped me summon some strength,” he added.

When the 10-track album came out, it showed the musician’s improvement in style and form.

“I am now in the studio to record my third offering and I would like to maintain the high standard I have set. I am, however, very grateful to my fans for the support they have given me and the messages of both consolation after my loss, the words of encouragement and compliments they keep giving me. That has made me stronger by the day and I can only thank them by releasing something they will like.”

Masuku said that the third album, which is yet to be named, would be out by the end of this month.

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