Forget Dancehall, Sungura is here to stay – Peter Moyo

Forget Dancehall, Sungura is here to stay – Peter Moyo

JOHANNESBURG – DRESSED in long denim shorts, a red and white T-shirt,red sneakers, and a matching red watch, one’s first impression, of upcoming Sunguru musician Peter Moyo is that of a very fashion conscious young man just like his late father Tongai  Moyo.

Coupled with a striking facial resemblance to the late Tongai Dewa Moyo, there is no doubt that the the two are father and son .

“I am even more handsome,” says Moyo, when this reporter comments on his striking resemblance to his father.

Oozing with self confidence, there is no doubt that Moyo is a musician who only loves what he does but is sure of the kind of work he delivers only the best.

“When I grew up I actually wanted to be a football player. I used to play for Lancashire Football Club and my dad supported me a lot,” says Moyo.

“But when my father passed away I found myself in the music industry and as time went on I realized music is just something that is in my blood,” explains Moyo who is the first born in a family of six – three boys and three girls.

Moyo becomes one the many children of Zimbabwean musicians who have taken up music like Selma Mtukudzi, (Oliver Mtukudzi’s daughter) Suluman Chimbetu (Simon Chimbetu’s son) Ammara Brown (the late Andy Brown and Chiwoniso’s daughter)

On this growing trend in Zimbabwe, sometimes amid rumours of fights over songs between siblings, Peter insists that he is not trying to ride on his father’s name or success.

Adding that his only only setback is that he still does not have his own music to have a full live show

“Since I began singing I have six songs but these cannot last me for the whole show so I have to mix them with my father’s tracks,” says the musician, who has been in the industry for the past three years.

So far Moyo has released one album of his a DVD album last June, called Mushonga Mukuru featuring tracks like Konzi, Mwari Venyasha among others.

Although most musicians f his age are either listening or playing dancehall, Moyo says he believes in Sungura music.

“Dancehall has no staying power. Sungura is more deep long lasting music, that attracts a more mature crowd, that can also afford the kind of entrance fees that I charge for my shows,” which is no less than US$5,” he says.

“As time goes on I am going to mould my own identity but still going to use Utakatka Express(the late Tongai Moyo’s band), which will always in my music,” says the musician before going to give out  his debut show in SA recently.