Musician Tongai “Greatman” Gwaze has recently voiced his frustration, accusing promoters who initially showed interest in his projects of abandoning him.
As a result, he has resorted to performing free street shows as a means to sustain himself financially.
Despite being grateful for the opportunity to celebrate his 30th birthday and fifth wedding anniversary with his wife Silibaziso Masara, Greatman acknowledges a sense of feeling “neglected”.
According to Sunday Mail, the artist is not happy with his music career.
“I see the power of God. My life has not been an easy journey. No one ever imagined that I would survive this long, let alone become a recognised star in the music industry,” Greatman said.
“My condition is a delicate one; I even doubted if I would be around for this long, but God has made it possible.”
Greatman, who is a musician with a disability, relies on a wheelchair for mobility and requires assistance to accomplish most tasks.
“It would have been nice for me to release a new song or album for this special occasion. However, I am sorry to announce that there is nothing from me. I do not have funds to go into the studio for new productions.”
He expressed his disappointment as music promoters who initially showed enthusiasm for his work have now seemingly disappeared, leaving him feeling abandoned.
“They (promoters) have turned a blind eye on me. I think this would have not been the case if I was not disabled. Local promoters seem to shy away from working with artistes who are disabled.”
Greatman’s Street Performances
In order to stay occupied and engaged, the “Kuita Kwavo Mwari” hitmaker has turned to street performances as a means of showcasing his talent and making ends meet.
“I play on the streets for free and get donations from well-wishers. This is how I am taking care of my family and paying bills.”
“I am going through a rough patch, but God has stood by me. I have neither gone to bed on an empty stomach nor failed to pay rent.”
The musician currently resides in Kuwadzana and rents two rooms as his living space.