Date:27 September 2020 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and its negative consequences, this year is obviously the one for Dr Roxley Fhatuwani Masevhe to shine more as he extends his wings to touch the lives of fellow persons through his art.
The veteran musician and composer has just released three books, to international acclaim. They are Mitoli ya Tombo (poetry), Against All Odds – From Grass to Grace, and Pfupfu dza Tshikoko. “All three books are already available on Amazon or directly from me,” he said.
He said that his music had always contained poetic elements, and those who listen to his music will surely agree, for Masevhe is no ordinary singer but one artist who has a rare skill of being playful with words.
“I am a poet, and instead of my just cramming my songs together in lyrical form and calling them poetry, I chose to work on new poetry, which resulted into two books, entitled Pfupfu dza Tshikoko and Mitoli ya Tombo,” he said.
Mitoli ya Tombo means “honey drips from rock”, and this refers to the author’s life. Even though he grew up as a despised boy who missed many opportunities and even sacrificed his education for his siblings, he eventually became a successful artist.
The godfather of Tshivenda gospel music, Masevhe believes that his poetry and the authorised biography written by Ndivhuho Thavhana will touch many lives. “We did a very good job in putting together my life story, and we want the biography to reach a wider readership, so that they can get life’s lessons and the delights and wisdom that come with learning from the next person’s story,” he said.
As a singer, he has released more than 40 albums through his 43-year musical journey. The latest album contains nine songs, which are Ramakole, Zwithu zwi ntha, O ita zero, Mesiya, Murena ndi ya vharenda, Nne ndi funa Jesu, Kha ri funane, and Ndi tshifhinga tsha vhufhelo.
Those interested in the books of Masevhe can reach him on 072 985 2017.
Dr Roxley Fhatuwani Masevhe. Picture supplied.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.