By William Milasi
Doing music for multi award winning gospel artist Reverend Togarepi Chivaviro is a passion whilst ministering the word is his calling.
It is that passion which saw the dynamic artist who first released his debut album in 1998 and only to gain national and international acclaim after his tenth effort “Ebenezer-Tirimunyasha” in 2014.
Despite fame the Gokwe-born artist and a minister of the word at Assemblies of Pentecostal Methodists (APM) head-quartered in South Africa with branches in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the United Kingdom has remained humble.
“I don’t forget my roots. I always try to give back to the community which made me a man I am today,” Chivaviro who has been involved in philanthropic activities in disadvantaged communities in Gokwe said.
His wish is to see his area Gwehava have a Secondary School.
After attaining elementary education in Gokwe, Chivaviro attended secondary education at Moleli High School in Musengezi for his Secondary before moving to Ellis Robbins Boys High School.
Tied with the umbilical cord Chivaviro briefly taught at Gokwe schools before enrolling at United Theological College for his theological studies.
“I entered ministering in 1997 I enrolled with the University of Zimbabwe for my Diploma, in Bachelors Honours and a Masters in religious studies. I am working towards my PHD,” he said.
Chivaviro said he owes his musical success to his father who groomed him during his formative years.
“My father taught us music he was a choir master. That’s how I got my background in music. I have never been to any formal music school and I owe this success to my father who taught me music,” he said.
The man of the cloth indicated that then Redcliff based gospel artist the late Brain “The Sparrow,” Sibalo introduced him to instrumentals.
“In 1993 I met Brian Sibalo at a Schools music concert. He is the one who introduced me to music of instruments as I was more into choral music. That was what my father was teaching me (choral music),” he said.
He only went on to release his debut album five years later.
“In 1998 I recorded my first album Peace upon Love,” he said.
He had to record nine albums before gaining his breakthrough on his tenth album Ebenezer.
“The tenth album Ebenezer tiri Munyasha was my breakthrough. It was only after the release of this album that I became popular,” the award winning artist said.
He has since released other albums Mhepo inoperekedza, Maranatha and then Excellent in 2019.
Musically Chivaviro contends it has been a roller coaster ride as he has been winning national and international accolades.
“I don’t do a lot of music shows. I am more into preaching of the word. Music for me is a passion. I am into music because it is something which I grew up doing after having been taught by my father,” he said.
The artist is also an author and has five books under his name.
The five published books are The Devil Exposed, Love, Marriage and Sex, Fourteen Days That Will Change Your Life, Interpreting Your Own Dreams and The Effective Gospel Musician’s Beginners guide.
Chivaviro said this year is planning to have a live DVD recording a second in his music career and also reaching out to his fans in marginalized areas.