By Tapera Gwezhira
ZVISHAVANE-BASED multi-talented gospel musician Admire Nago attributes his success to shear hard-work although he describes his art as a calling.
Nago,26, a journalist and radio presenter, who manages himself and markets his own music recently won several awards for his 2018 seven-track album Nhovo.
His song Wandigadza came number two nationwide on Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola top 50 while Hosanna came seventh. Rev Toggy Chivaviro’s Matishamisa Jireh was voted number one.
Wandigadza was voted the best gospel song in Midlands in 2018 while Nhovo video won best video Midlands province 2018.
“It’s something that really amaze me. I think that’s grace because I don’t have anything special on me. I don’t even sing very much but I think it’s a matter of time for nothing can stop you when God says yes,” said Nago, the Ya FM radio presenter.
“Personally hard work pays for I don’t have a manager, I did for myself. I don’t have a marketer, I did it for myself using my academics. It is really hard working that has seen me this far,” added Nago.
Nago holds an Honours degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Great Zimbabwe University.
His first four singles released in 2017 which include Bhuku raIsaya, a song he featured Olinda Marowa struggled to have airplay on radios, but Nago did not give up.
Nago said he found it very difficult that year to penetrate in the industry as some gospel artists had already covered the ground.
Just his third year into the music industry, Nago has so far been featured by several upcoming gospel artists including Mai Moyo from Mutare on Wakabuda sei song which is doing well on radios, Paul Samupindi from Mutare, Giant Moyo from Zvishavane and Prosper Kutyauripo from Harare on song Nditongereiwo released last week.
“Upcoming artists must not be disappointed with first trials, something great and big is coming. Be focused and prayerful. Also avoid too much love of money, it will come at the right time,” said Nago.
He is thankful to veteran gospel musicians Mechanic Manyeruke, Pastors Charles and Olivia Charamba and Reverend Chivaviro for the unwavering support they gave him.
“They helped me become visible in the industry through holding live shows with me. So, I will not cease to help other artists since this was a milestone for me as gates started to open for me,” he said.
Despite the fact that piracy is downplaying the music industry, Nago encouraged upcoming artists to keep working hard.
“Due to economic hardship facing Zimbabwe, music industry is very difficult these days, with piracy also dragging artists, my advice is press on,” said Nago.
Nago said he will release singles this year Vhurai meso angu and Fambai naye and the album will be released next year.