Jonah Moyo is one of Zimbawe's legendary musicians whose career stretched from the late 1970s. Moyo, who leads the Devera Ngwena Jazz band rose to stardom in the early 1980s with hits such as 'Soro naMutsai' and 'Barbra' which topped the charts. He is also considered as the founder of Sungura music genre.

Jonah Moyo
Jonah Moyo
Born Jonah Moyo
Nationality Zimbabwe
  • Musician



He is young brother to renowned author, Aaron Chiundura Moyo .Jonah's wife passed away in 2008. He has 4 children, Shephard (musician), Cresencia, Jonah Junior and Jarelth.

Music career

While many musicians are driven by money or fame, Moyo was driven by the desire to win girls' hearts. Thats when he strted playing the banjo. He only seriously considered doing music when he moved to Kwekwe at an early age in the late 1970's. He had a passion for music that drove him to to play at train stations with one of his friends. He played at the stations for sometime until another friend introduced him to a band which used to play at Garandichauya bottle store in Mbizo Township.[1] It was after he moved to Mashava when he thought of forming a band to make extra cash as his job did not pay well. This aided by the need to entertain the Mashaba Asbestos Mine dwellers saw the birth of the Deverangwena Jazz band (follow the crocodile).[2] The group had their base at the mine near Masvingo where Moyo worked as the mine clerk. He went to recorded his first single, 'Devera Ngwena Zhimozhi' which went platinum in just a month after its release. The group music was a fusion of rhumba from Congo, benga from Kenya and mbaqanga from South Africa, blended with traditional mbira-influenced rhythms.[3] This created a unique sound which was different from genres at that time. Moyo soon secured a recording deal with the then Teal Recording Company now called Gramma Records. At independence, the band became one of the best and the hit 'Solo na Mutsai' made waves and propelled the group to national stardom. At their peak, the band had the lkes of Oliver Mtukudzi and Leonard Dembo to curtain-raise for them.[4]

Major Achievements

Devera Ngwena Jazz Band was became the first group from Zimbabwe to sell music outside the across the boarders including in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Swaziland.

International Tours

The group had performed in different countries such as United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium and Germany. They had shared the stage with internatonal legends such as Ziggy Marley and UB40. Their popularity was not only confined to Zimbabwe,as evidenced by their invitation to perfrm at the Namibian independance day celebrations in 1990.

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He has more than 38 albums to his name that include:

  1. Murikurasika papi
  2. Usam'bate
  3. Devera Ngwena VOL 13
  4. Wapusa Wapusa
  5. Devera Ngwena 7
  6. The Best of Jonah Moyo
  7. Sugar Bum Bum
  8. Sold Gold 2
  9. Devera Ngwena Vol 5
  10. Live in Musina
  11. Devera Ngwena Vol 4
  12. Shango ndilashu vol 6
  13. Ten Randa Zwikete
  14. shango ndilashu
  15. Live at 2010 Center Thohoyandou
  16. Who ele but Jesus
  17. Makare
  18. Devera Ngwena VOL 1 & 2
  19. Sold Gold 2
  20. Solo naMutsai
  21. The Best Vol 2
  22. Best of Best
  23. Mutumbuliwa Zwingondo Vol 35
  24. Tsava Tsava Vol 26
  25. The best of Jonah Moyo


  1. Jonah Moyo, Jonah Moyo, 'Deverangwena', Published:, Retrieved: 11 Apr 2014
  2. Richmore Tera, Jonah Moyo takes act to Hifa, 'Herald', Published: 21 Apr 2013, Retrieved: 11 Apr 2014
  3. Jonah Moyo and Devera Ngwena Jazz Band (Zimbabwe), 'Muzzical Trips', Published: ND, Retrieved: 11 Apr 2014
  4. DEVERA NGWENA’S SAD DEMISE, 'Zim Gov', Published: Jan 2014, Retrieved: 11 Apr 2014