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Fuel attendant wants to shake up music industry

Prince Tatenda Musvovi (24) is a hard-working musician/producer with big plans to shake up the music industry, even though he currently negotiates a delicate balancing act between a full-time job and honing his musical craft.

Born and raised in Mufakose, a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe, Musvovi moved to the West Coast in 2013. He currently lives in George Kerridge with his family.

Musvovi works as a petrol pump attendant at the Caltex Langemeer petrol station in Langebaan.

Weslander managed to sit down with Musvovi (also known as P Perfekt) for a brief chat about his love for music, his musical journey as well as his goals for the year.

The passion for music also seems to be a family affair for Musvovi, for his two brothers are musicians too.

“One is in Zimbabwe doing Jamaican dancehall and the other is in Cape Town doing hip hop,” he points out.

Musvovi was 17 when he decided to pursue his passion, inspired by his favourite rapper, Lil Wayne.

“My aim is to connect people through music, which is a universal language we all speak,” he says, “and I want to do it differently, and that’s what inspires me to keep pushing every time.”

Musvovi explains he started off as a rapper and initially struggled with singing, but over time he learnt to incorporate both singing and rapping to his craft.

This self-taught musician, who writes his own songs, now dabbles in several genres, including hip hop, RnB, rap and soul.

He adds that he is also intent on advancing as a music producer.

Although a musician for about seven years, Musvovi feels he still has much to learn as an artist.

“My journey as an artist has just begun, and there is so much I have discovered over these last few years of making music,” he said.

He says his musical journey has had its fair share of highs and lows, and it is his girlfriend who helps him to stay focused and not to lose faith.

“She kept me motivated to do more with my talent, and I’ve managed to meet some awesome people and visit places that scared me as well,” Musvovi said.

He explained how challenging it is to strike just the right balance between work life and music, having worked out a schedule that he tries to stick to as far as possible.

Musvovi performed at special events such as street bashes, clubs and at church.

He has also released and sold physical copies of his music. “Some of my music is free, and can be found on online platforms such as SoundCloud,” Musvovi says.

He also mentioned he has recorded a few songs with local artists on the West Coast at his home studio.

Among Musvovi’s goals for this year is to expand his home studio, which is open to the public, so he can record more artists and perform at more events.

He has some sage words for fellow musicians: “Keep learning new things and exploring new territories, be consistent and keep working hard, no hard work will go unnoticed.”

Musvovi is also keen to collaborate with more local musicians.

For more information contact Musvovi at 081 217 7242.

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