Fungisai

Fungisai gets BBC play-listing

Bruce Ndlovu
Controversial singer Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave has joined compatriot Winky D as the second Zimbabwean to be played on BBC after her song, Vanondibatirana, alongside dancehall chanter Killer T got play-listed on the station last week.A� A�

The gospel songbird-cum-dancehall divaa��s award winning collaboration with the countrya��s hottest dancehall star received its first play on British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 1Extra on Sunday last week.

Getting airplay on the station has become a celebrated feat by African musicians, with South African rapper AKA flaunting the stationa��s play-listing of his hit song, Baddest, in December.

It remains to be seen whether Fungisaia��s song will be as successful as Winky Da��s Disappear on the stationa��s charts and among listeners.

The Ninja Presidenta��s summer hit song from his Gafa Life Kickstape hit number one on the Destination Africa Top 5 hosted by DJ Edu on the station.

Despite the controversy from her collaboration with an artiste who seems to be at odds with her gospel roots, the song with Killer T has found favour with fans who connect with its compelling mixture of gospel lyricism and danceable dancehall rhythms.

a�?As you can see, the inner person in me is battling the norms of society. Right from the onset, you would hear that I have performed with Bongo Maffin, I would perform with Luciano with all that smoke.

a�?It has always been like that. It is not that easy but I have managed to say this is who I am and I hope with time people will love me for the person that I am, not the person they want me to be,a�? said Fungisai explaining the collaboration.