By Taurai Maunga
A multi talented pastor based in Redcliff’s suburbs of Torwood has released a six track debut album, “Rudo Runozadzisa Murairo.”
A pastor with The Bread of Life International Church, at 64, Mike Tsikira has proven that age is just but a number.
The six tracks on the album are Rudo Runozadzisa, Vabatsireiwo Mwari Baba, Nhamo Yandakaona, Nditungamirei Jehovha, Jesu anogona zvese and I wish would be all been ready.
The versatile clergy whose music can be traced back to the 1960s is a reggae artist.
Tsikira said he started singing when he was only but 5 years old when he was taught to play a guitar by his brother Obert Tsikira back in 1960s.
By 1978 Tsikira had released 7 singles.
“I formed a band which was called the Christmas Beetle were we used to go in Redcliff to play our music for white people,” he said.
“Music is not my career but singing is one of the talents that God gave me so I decided to use the gift to also minister the word through music,” he said.
Tsikira is also an author who writes in both vernacular and English.
I n 1974 he won first price from all 3 languages in the country with the story Kufa kurinani.
“I advise all people who are out there that they should never give up and I encourage those who would want to collaborate they can come and we can work together,” he said.