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Obey Makamure more popularly known as Tocky Vibes is now under the spotlight for his positive messages unlike his contemporaries in Zimbabwean dancehall.

Tocky has won the hearts of fans through his well thought-out lyrics that relate to ordinary people and everyday life. He raises consciousness in songs such as “Simudza Maoko” on Body Slam riddim, “Amai” and “Vakatisiya”.

And now that Tocky is in the limelight, he shares his journey to stardom which he says was not an easy road.

“I started singing in 2009 aged 15. The first hurdle was lack of money to get into studio to record. Secondly, my parents were against the idea of me being a musician. They wanted me to pursue my education,” he said.

The Kambuzuma-based artiste said he recorded his first demo which caught the eye of Winky D. At that time no one expected the demo recorded at a backyard studio to go viral.

“Things were tough at the time when I recorded my first demo using the world cup riddim. I came up with a song entitled “Tinovakwadza” which impressed Winky D’s Vigilance stable. They offered to give me a chance to record,” he said.

Tocky said in 2010 he was able to record through Vigilance Music a track titled “Tirikumanya” which received generous air play on the airwaves.

Later, He also said after his second project which saw him release a track entitled “Vavengi”. His parents sent him to stay at his rural home in Masvingo so that they can separate him from his passion for music.

“I was sent to our rural home in chivi because they did not want me to sing. Winky D called me during my stay at Chivi asking me to come back to Harare to record more tracks. I was surprised one day listening to the radio feeling my own tune being aired at local stations,” he added.

Tocky said this also inspired him to be passionate about his dream.

In 2012 after finishing school he came back to Harare and produced a single tittled “Mukurumbira”. The track received airplay from Star Fm.

“I recorded this track with Benny B but at that time I wanted to become independent and work with different stables. The problem was that I had not settled my differences with my parents,” he said.

Tocky added that he resolved with his parents that he goes to stay at a farm in Rusape as part of their idea to neglect his dream. In Rusape Tocky stayed for eight months without recording because he had little knowledge about the small towns’ music industry and Harare was the only place for him to get the opportunity to record as he was facing financial problems.

“In 2013 August I was sponsored by Guspy Warrior to record tracks again. In the project we recorded about eight tracks which include a hit track tittled ‘Mukoma’ and ‘Dhindindi’,” he said

The upcoming artist has released two hits “dzonaka” and “amai” this year which have seen him receiving enough air play and has seen him receiving more recognition.

Source : The Herald