HARARE – Television personality Oscar Pambuka who is also the Zimdancehall patron has gone a step further by collaborating with several Zimdancehall artistes on newly-released singles, a development which will catapult the veteran broadcaster’s profile.
Pambuka collaborated with Kinnah aka Mr Mbare on songs Hukama and Ndaigara Ndichishanda while with DJ Fantan and Levels he recorded the song Hapana Anotimisa. The songs are already on YouTube.
The television presenter who is inspired by Kinnah will launch a full album in October.
And while his songs are not all gospel, save for the duet with Kinnah, he loves the genre.
“Whenever I listen to gospel music inform of Zimdancehall I feel being uplifted spiritually. Dancehall music is neither satanic nor a violence movement.
“I believe it is also our duty as Christians to redeem the lost — as Jesus came not for the righteous but for sinners,” said the managing director of Oscar Pambuka Productions.
Zimdancehall Awards founder Phineas Mushayi appointed Pambuka as the patron of the genre in 2013 and his term in office will expire this year.
“As a patron of Zimdancehall my role is to support artistes either morally or financially like what I am doing in sponsoring workshops for artistes — all in a bid to bring sanity and order in the growing industry,” he said.
“We are holding workshops in ghettos where we drill artistes to be professional and desist from the habit of thriving on unorthodox means such as violence.
“The workshops are being sponsored by my company — Oscar Pambuka and Associates,” said the 36-year-old television personality.
“Our workshops attract stakeholders in showbiz particularly in Zimdancehall such as music promoters among others.”
In a previous interview with this publication, Pambuka said his personal motto reads: Tsvaga mari nehupenyu which can be loosely translated in English to mean “work for money and life.”
He admitted that “hunting for money is like his daily hobby” and that is the reason why he always goes for it whenever he has the opportunity.
“We are blessed as Christians hence there is reason to look for it (money) and enjoy it while we are still on this planet, I believe we are not supposed to be poor,” said Pambuka.
The former Christian College of Southern Africa College student presents a number of television programmes on ZBC-TV such as Power Talk, Melting Pot and Media Watch as well as live coverage on different State-sponsored events.
He, however, had tongues wagging when he joined Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries, a move interpreted by his critics as inspired by his strong love of the finer things in life.
Pambuka, who hails from Chipinge revealed that since he joined PHD Ministries his life has never been the same.
“I joined PHD Ministries some few years ago after I met Magaya at Joina City (Harare) and he introduced himself to me before inviting me to his church. Ever since I joined PHD Ministries everything in my life has turned to gold,” he said.
Pambuka had never committed himself in the business of attending churches before joining the PHD Ministries, save for the Roman Catholic Church services he often attended at All Souls Mission in Mutoko where he did his secondary education back then.
“The good thing is that I have always been a believer though I was not a church-goer,” he said.
He is married to fellow journalist Nyasha Makota and the couple is blessed with children — Aisha Nokutenda (girl) and a son— Oscar (Junior) Tawanda.