Gegede: Greatman's Latest Song an Emotional Journey

Harare - Tongai (judgment) Gwaze's birth was a curse to some, but the Creator had other greater plans for him - his natural voice.

His physical and misunderstood condition almost tearing his paternal and maternal families apart with either side accusing the other of witchcraft that rendered the son disabled.

But after realising their mistakes, the warring parties kissed up, accepting his condition, agreeing that he was just like any other child.

Twenty six years later, after his birth his creativity is sending a message of healing, awareness towards the treatment of those living with disabilities in respective communities.

Greatman on stage and Tongai at home was born with myopathy, a condition which predominantly affects proximal muscle groups (shoulder and limp girdles) and it reduces muscle strength and power in older children and adults.

Hailing from a ghost mining town of Mhangura, his mission is simple: to prove that all God's creations have a definite purpose on earth.  And his latest offering Gegede (laughter) will certainly cause upsets on the musical charts. 
Tongai Gwaze aka Greatman 

"I sometimes laugh at myself as if it is a good thing. I cant do anything, but I opt for laughter so that I can tone down the difficulties I endure," he sings, adding that his condition has brought rejection to his life but he is learning to cope with regular laughter. 

After other two attempts, with a particular collaboration with Sulumani Chimbetu etitled: Pandakazvarwa that wowed many, Greatman's recent effort will elevate him to dizzy heights, just like his stage name suggests.

And eight hours after the release of the video, 12 000 people had viewed the recent footage - and going by the previous numbers, it is set for another record viewership.

Music consumers will easily identify the song with Progress Chipfumo, who made a name on the local sungura scene in the years gone by. 

Speaking to the media while peddling his own CDs in Harare, he revealed how his childhood was a torture, instead of a blessing. 

"In the song Pandakazvarwa, I am explaining what goes on within families as they all turn to blame witchcraft when someone is born disabled, yet God has all the answers.

"Instead of people coming to say makorokoto (congratulations) with gifts, they ran away and start gossiping. So in this song, I am educating people to put themselves in my mother's position; how she felt after such treatment.

"I want people to know that when one is born with disability, the condition is from God and not witchcraft."

Besides his rise to fame, Greatman still faces challenges in the entertainment industry due to his condition, with some venues not disability friendly. "Sometimes I end up singing in an inappropriate position," he says.

During Oliver Mtukudzi's funeral, Jah Prayzah got a hiding on social media for appearing to be sensitive to Greatman's plight by pushing his wheelchair, yet Sulumani had propelled the singer to stardom.  

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