Struggling musician Daiton Somanje might have some gospel tracks on his upcoming album following revelations that he has been “born again”.
Somanje said the hard times he is facing have forced him to devote his life to God and his upcoming release could reveal his new beliefs.
“A lot has been happening in my life and I have decided to give my life to God and that move has enhanced my relationship with my brother Josphat. It is true that we had serious differences but now it’s a thing of the past because we now know the Lord,” he said.
Although he did not reveal the church he is attending, the musician was certain things would change for the better in his life.
He said he is still committed to his profession as an artiste and would record an album with Diamond Studios.
“We are finalising some contractual obligations and then we will get into the studio and record the album.”
Fame has not translated to fortune for Somanje despite having all-time hits such as “Tsaona”, “Nhamo”, “Sevenza Mukadzi Wangu”, “Mai Linda”, “Seiko Kuonda” and “Diana”.
The musician has been affected by his bedroom affairs that saw him abandoning his family in Marondera to live with another woman in Harare. He has continuously haggled with his son Faheem and brother Josphat with some disagreements bordering on accusations of witchcraft.
The feud between the Daiton and his 27-year-old son Faheem hogged the limelight four years ago after Daiton accused his son of bedding his Marondera wife Annah Kezias, among other allegations. Daiton disowned his son after suspecting that he was having an affair with his stepmother.
Faheem, then said his father was merely jealous of him.
“I don’t know why my father is doing all this to me to the extent of accusing me of bedding his wife. I am married and we get on well with her and we have been helping each other when he (Daiton) moved in with his Dzivaresekwa girlfriend. He even chased away some of his band members accusing them of having an affair with his wife, and now he blames me,” said Faheem.
Somanje has been ill for some time and the last time he performed in Warren Park 1 he was visibly in pain. He is suffering from an undisclosed illness. The musician said he has not fully recovered but added he could not just sit and seek assistance from well-wishers.
“I am on the road to recovery but my leg keeps giving me problems. We have resumed shows because there is need to bring food on the table and I cannot wait until I fully recover. We all have families to feed.”
Meanwhile, another musician who has hit a dry patch, Allan Chimbetu, recently joined Prophet Walter Magaya’s church in an apparent move to seek divine intervention in hard times.
Asked if the hard times had pushed him to make the decision, Chimbetu said he was a believer who only changed a church.
“I used to attend Madzibaba (apostolic sect) and I only changed my mind and go to PHD but surprisingly some reports come out and say I joined the church because I had fallen on hard times. I just started attending PHD Ministries recently but my shows just continue as usual,” he said.
The “Sony” hit-maker said he still has his band that performs in most parts of the country.
“We have shows that take place in the country and I am even surprised by the way the media is reporting without attending my shows.”