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Friday, 12 May 2017

Meet rising solo guitarist Josh Meck


At the age of five I picked up my dad's guitar and started secretly teaching myself. He didn’t approve of people playing his guitars so I used to steal it when he is at work. By the age of 7 I had already started playing in church with the youth group. By the time I turned 12 I got my first session paid job with Joshua Sibalo, the brother to the late Brian Sibalo. From then I continued with gospel music in Gweru. I moved to Harare when I turned 15 and started working with a number of gospel artists as a bass player the likes of pastor G, Ccap voice of Mbare, Prince Mafukidze and many more.

I was awarded a music scholarship at Prince Edward and that opened my mind to a new world of jazz. I joined the jazz band and became captain. By the time I finished high school I was already working with renowned jazz artists like Victor Kunonga, Tanga WekwaSando, Color Blue and Afrika Revenge. With all this vast experience in 2010 I decided to launch my solo career. I then started my own band and began to write music. I recorded my first album entitled Wanetsa in 2010. I started performing in different venues locally.

Then I got introduced to the late Chiwoniso Maraire with whom I toured the world together for three years. At the same time I was working with Comrade Fatso, a hip hop artist with whom I also toured the world together with. In 2014 I then relocated to South Africa in search of a bigger market. It didn’t take me long to penetrate the industry owing all the credit and glory to God the father who opened doors for me in South Africa. I assembled a band of all South African musicians who where so excited to play Zimbabwean music. We toured Africa and we did a lot of concerts in Jo’burg for 2 years.

2016 I decided to move back to Zimbabwe in search of an ethnic home grown sound and I needed the home inspiration. I started working with new younger musicians and experimented on a lot of Zimbabwe traditional music fused with some jazz elements. This inspired me up to date and now I have shifted my sound from Afro-jazz to World Music. To date I am working on a new CD and it will be my first CD of world music.

Music has been my life. So anything that is very artistic drives me crazy. But on the social side, I like video games. Especially FIFA. Yeah I said it. I like experimenting with music so I spend most of my time on the guitar looking for new sounds.

My biggest goal and one that I will make sure I achieve is to win a Grammy award. I would like to keep making more music and making the best out of it. One day my music will inspire millions in the world and guess what, I will then make millions of dollars then. I would also want to be philanthropic and be able to help many people in need all over the world.

Creative minds work best under less stressful conditions. One of my biggest challenges was working under stressful conditions. The inspiration to create joyful pieces doesn’t exist under such conditions. Music as a career is not easy. There is so much marketing, branding and packaging yourself that needs to be done and most of these cost lots of money. Unfortunately in this part of the world where we leave an artist has to do all this by himself. But the struggles become easier as you learn the ropes as you go.

My best moments in my career was performing to thousands of people in Germany alongside one of Zimbabwe’s greatest artist Chiwoniso Maraire. But the greatest moment ever of my career was releasing my first CD to the world. In that moment I knew I had given birth to something huge. From time to time I get young budding artists approaching me for advice and that’s the greatest thing I do for others. A leader should always groom leaders for the next generation.



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