Petersen Zagaze Biography

Petersen Zagaze

Mukubesa Mundia (born September 28, 1982), better known by his stage name Petersen Zagaze is a Zambian Reggae recording artist, record and producer from Lusaka, Zambia. He initially gained recognition after his first single in 2005 Munyaule. Petersen is also the chief executive officer (CEO) of his own label imprint, Zaga Lyfe Entertainnment and 2016 Kora Awards Best Male Southern Africa Nominee.

Born Mukubesa Mundia in Lusaka Zambia, Petersen entered the Zambian
music scene in 2002 as a song writer and backing vocalist for various
renowned Zambian artists. Petersen had his first taste on what was to be
an incredible journey by writing ‘goodnight’ for a group called Ba
Crazy; the song was an instant hit and was also the title track for the
group’s album which featured Petersen on two of the tracks. His
songwriting received such a huge response from fans around and
instantaneously generated a demand for his creativity amongst other
artists.

In 2003, Petersen worked with then Mondo Music Corp.’s Bob Mabege on
his ‘Mr. True album and featured on the hit single ‘Poor Finishing’ of
the same album. Later that year Petersen wrote ‘Nzabagwile’ by 2 Proud
and was introduced to music producer ‘Jerry Fingaz’. By 2004, Petersen
had written, composed and featured on ‘Vobweleka bweleka’ and ‘Ngayaposa
Kukosa’ for Mwembe Muntu’s album, one half of the group ‘Black Muntu’s;
these tracks led Petersen into performing alongside big and renowned
artists.

This propelled him to the standards of sharing the same platform with
the likes of Mainza, Leo Muntu, CQ Muzukulu, Danny, Wile, Bruna
(Angola), Extra Musica (Congo Brazzaville), Zombo of Abashante (South
Africa), Gidigidi Majimaji (Kenya), Skwatta Camp (South Africa),
Mafikizolo (South Africa), Pitch Black Afro (South Africa), Mzekezeke
(South Africa), Proverb (South Africa), Nasty D, Amayenge and many more.
Petersen’s musical journey has since moved from strength to strength.

Having become the name on everybody’s tongue, by 2005, Petersen was
ready to release his own material. He released his debut single
‘Munyaule’ featuring General Ozzy, which was an instant nationwide hit.
Due to the massive buzz the song created, he then titled his first album
after the successful single Munyaule and had its release in December of
the same year. The album also included hits like ‘Oh No’, ‘Body Girl’,
‘Promise’ and ‘Wedding Day’. By now Petersen became a household name and
saw him become one of the most prominent artists in Zambia. When 2006
approached Petersen was at a level where he was able to grace the
international stage and toured the entire Zambia, United Kingdom and
South Africa.

In 2007, Petersen went back into the studio for his sophomore album
title ‘Bobojani’ with renowned producer Ben Blazer of Blazer studio.
This was a major breakthrough nationally and birthed hits like Nilabeko,
Munyaule Nafuti, Anyandule, Musiye Atopinge, Love yapa phone, Bobojani
and majority of the other tracks from the album. The album gained
massive recognition on the African continent in particular amongst the
neighboring countries.

Petersen ‘s CV boasts with collaborations with great artists such as
Shy Man, JK , Ozzy, Danny, O.C, Zone Fam, MC Wabwino, Nameless(Kenya)
Wyre(Kenya), Tay Grin(Malawi), Gal level(Namibia) Gazza(Namibia),
Fishman(Namibia), Bongani Fassie(South Africa), Biblos(South Africa). He
has graced the international stage with Werrson (Wenge Musica) of DR
Congo, Lucius Banda of Malawi, Gal Level of Namibia, Buffalo Souljah of
Zimbabwe, Tay Grin and Wendy Harawa of Malawi, Nameless and Wahu of
Kenya, P Square of Nigeria, Kabelo, Bleksem, DJ Cleo of South Africa
just to name a few.

Petersen Zagaze

As an avid songwriter, whilst working on his third album titled ‘Job
13; 13’, Petersen released a compilation album of some of his studio
material on the 14th of September titled ‘Stoga’. Stoga is a taste of
what is expected from his third album and was received with rave reviews
in Zambia, and across the border.

‘Job 13;13’ was released in 2012 and was an album for the masses as
it was created to have a much more international crossover appeal,
something that a lot of his fans across and within the African continent
enjoyed. A political, Religious and social commentary album with no age
and status limit appeal. Later in 2013 whilst on a tour in the UK,
Petersen Zagaze released a compilation dubbed “The Best of Petersen
Zagaze” which included news songs Like ‘Party Time, Kumanda kuli boring,
sefula boy and Nionje ( Nilabeko Swahili version) produced in Kenya by
Herbal Records’ Maich Blaq and The Herbalist.

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2015 after returning from the USA, he released his “King Solomon
Album” that saw him get a KORA AWARD Nomination on his song called
‘Waya’. He is Currently touring the nation, Continent and world on his
album promotional concerts.