Victim or villain, a father will almost always occupy a special place in his son’s heart.
Debatable as it may be, that is exactly the case with the late prophet Godfrey Nzira’s son, Takemore, who, in emulation of his father’s ministry, goes by the stage name Dombo.
The name “Dombo” is in reference to the “holy pebbles” given to congregates of the Johanne Masowe sects for healing.
And in typical son of a man of cloth fashion, the musician’s message is that of peace.
Dombo says his fellow dancehall artistes were to blame for the culture of violence which has pervaded the musical scene and society at large.
“Violence, which is common at most Zim dancehall clashes, is being propagated by artistes who come with their fans and advise them to throw cans and bottles when another artist whom they regard as an enemy goes on stage,” said Dombo.
“This is wrong. As artistes, we should preach and promote peace to unite fans, not to divide them. At the end of the day, music is a mission, not competition.”
At recent dancehall shows, promoters have resorted to caging the stage area to protect artistes from missiles.
To add to the problem, most of the dancehall artistes’ lyrics are punctuated by foul language and hate speech.
Dombo said he longed for a reggae and dancehall environment synonymous to the one that prevailed during the time when Major E and Innocent Utsiwegota were prominent, musical figures.
The Chitungwiza-based artist is working on his third album, which is set to be released next month.
The former Division One side Sari Football Club player produced his first album Pamusoroi in 2011 and another a self-titled album, Dombo in 2012.
“We have finished recording most of the tracks on the forthcoming album titled Gemenzi. It is a gospel dancehall project educating people about the misconception associated with the apostolic sect,” said his manager, Tinashe Mutandwa, aka Giant.
He said the album would be accompanied by a DVD.
Dombo said his late father helped him, despite the genre of music he had chosen.
“My father supported me with everything. He is the one who gave me money to record the two albums that I did when he was still alive,” he said.
“He always said to me ‘you cannot force a person to do what you want [them to do] but he/ she should choose for themselves’.
“He had promised to buy instruments and help me to form a band; unfortunately, God took him away before that happened,” said Dombo.
The musician said his wish in the near future was to collaborate with Dadza D and Killer T who are currently enjoying purple patches in their respective careers.