(Last Updated on December 22, 2020 by Editor)
HARARE – Desire Makoni who won the Dreamstar talent show in 2018, becoming the first gospel contestant to win the prestigious competition has urged young and upcoming artists to stick to their identity and not be pressured into adopting who they are not to succeed in the industry.
“I went to another competition before going for Dreamstar. I will not mention the name but as a gospel artist was told to change. However, I refused and that’s how I moved to enter the Dreamstar competition and fortunately, they allowed me to perform as a Gospel artist.
“I said to myself, ‘I’m at the wrong place and would not change,’ and if God wants me to win, I will win performing Gospel music. If not then it’s not my area,” said Makoni.
He, however, also said there are certain aspects that one can learn from others but it remains important to have your own identity.
Makoni featured in the 2019 Zimpraise live DVD and led the famous ‘Hoyo mushandiri Washe’ performance.
Another piece of advice he shared with young artists was that they should be willing to learn, be humble and always be ready to face criticism.
Growing up without parents, Desire Makoni has faced a lot of challenges but he says he is grateful for all the support he received from family and friends throughout his journey.
“It wasn’t an easy journey growing up without my parents. I faced all the challenges that orphans face. Sometimes you miss them and you really want to talk to them but they are not around. But I also thank God for my family, my aunties, and uncles they were there to always support me. I also want to thank people from church who also supported me, going to church every Sunday they would encourage me.
“I also want to thank my brother and his wife. He stood as a father to make sure everything was taken care of at home.”
He also revealed that he will be releasing his single titled ‘Rudo rwaMwari’ early next year.
Makoni also promised fans more shows and music videos next year which he said were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.