Tawanda Marwizi Arts Correspondent—
Struggling musician Daiton Somanje might have some gospel tracks on his upcoming album following revelations that he has been “born again”.
Somanje said the hard times he is facing have forced him to devote his life to God and his upcoming release could reveal his new beliefs. “A lot has been happening in my life and I have decided to give my life to God and that move has enhanced my relationship with my brother Josphat,” he said.
“It is true that we had serious differences but now it’s a thing of the past because we now know the Lord.”
Although he did not reveal the church he is attending, the musician was certain things would change for the better in his life.
He said he is still committed to his profession as an artiste and would record an album with Diamond Studios.
“We are finalising some contractual obligations and then we will get into the studio and record the album.”
Fame has not translated to fortune for Somanje despite having all-time hits such as “Tsaona”, “Nhamo”, “Sevenza Mukadzi Wangu”, “Mai Linda” and “Diana”.
The musician has been affected by his bedroom affairs that saw him abandoning his family in Marondera to live with another woman in Harare.
He has continuously haggled with his son Faheem and brother Josphat with some disagreements bordering on accusations of witchcraft.
Somanje has been ill for some time and the last time he performed in Warren Park 1 he was visibly in pain.
The musician said he has not fully recovered but added he could not just sit and seek assistance from well-wishers.
“I am on the road to recovery but my leg keeps giving me problems. We have resumed shows because there is need to bring food on the table and I cannot wait until I fully recover. We all have families to feed.”
Meanwhile, another musician who has hit a dry patch, Allan Chimbetu, recently joined Prophet Walter Magaya’s church in an apparent move to seek divine intervention in hard times.
Asked if the hard times had pushed him to make the decision, Chimbetu said he was a believer who only changed a church.
“I used to attend Madzibaba (apostolic sect) and I only changed my mind and go to PHD but surprisingly some reports come out and say I joined the church because I had fallen on hard times,” he said.
“I just started attending PHD Ministries recently but my shows just continue as usual.”
The “Sony” hit-maker said he still has his band that performs in most parts of the country.
“We have shows that take place in the country and I am even surprised by the way the media is reporting without attending my shows.”