Secular-turned-gospel musician Evance Mereka has said he is not a copycat following some criticisms from music pundits who have labelled him an Oliver Mtukudzi wanna be.
Mereka released his second gospel album Injury Time, which features songs such as 'Mbuli Mu Mzimu,' which sounds exactly the same as Mtukudzi's music both in the singing style and instrumentation.
But the musician said he is not a copycat but he is inspired by the Zimbabwean music icon.
"In the past years when I was playing secular, my idol was Lucius Banda and I remember there was a song I did and people started saying I was copying Lucius. No musician can claim that he they have their own sound, we either learn and use some genres but spice it up with our own and that is what I do," said Mereka.
He said having moved from secular to gospel music, he chose to look up to Mtukudzi and that he would like to do more than what the Zimbabwean has done.
"If you listen to my songs, I slightly use his genre but I fuse it with my own style and I imitate his voice but that does not make me sound like him. I am Evance Mereka and I will always be only that I will always look up to Mtukudzi because he is my inspiration," said the musician.
Mereka said some people doubted him when he turned gospel but now they are seeing the fruits of him turning born again.
"God showed me the way and I am really enjoying it in gospel and people have supported me. My first album when I was just turning gospel did not do well but the second has sold more copies which has even forced people to start demanding for my first gospel debut album," he said.
Mereka said his fans should look out for more performances this year as he continues to minister the word of God.
The musician made a name in secular having had exploits with several musician among them Saul Chembezi and Zebron Kankhunda where he released close to 11 albums.
In gospel he has two albums namely Ndayibwenza Ngongole and Injury Time.