Marioo Narrates His Music Journey and How His Parents Pushed Him to Become a Mechanic


By Branice Nafula

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Tanzanian RnB star Marioo has opened up on the struggles he faced before making it big in the competitive Bongo music industry.

Speaking during a recent interview with Wasafi radio, Marioo said he started out as car mechanic, adding that his parents never believed that he could make a career out of music.

He noted that he decided to take up the mechanic job as a show of respect to his parents, who did not appreciate him venturing fully into music.

 “….Nilifanya ufundi miaka mitatu, kwa sababu nilikua naamini kabisa wazazi wangu, familia yangu haize kubaliana na matakwa yangu mimi ya kuwa msanii au mwanamuziki au kitu kama hicho. Mimi nilItaka nifanye kitu ambacho wazazi wangu wanaamini kuwa nikifanya nitafanikiwa.

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“Hivo nilifanya hadi nikahitimu yaani nikajua ufundi wa gari. Hapo basi nilipohitimu nikaona nifanye kitu kinachinifurahisha mimi hivyo basi nikaanza kuhangaika na kufanya mziki…,” he said in part.

It is at this point that he decided to start visiting local studios in his neighborhood and recording songs for his fans.

At the beginning, he faced a lot of challenges, and at some point had to do free shows in a bid to build a fan base in the region, and gain media attraction.

Marioo divulged that his efforts slowly paid off, and he grew over time becoming one of the best musicians in the country at the moment.


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