About 50 revellers gathered at Wadzanayi Bar in Shamva at the weekend were privileged to witness yet another step in the rebirth of gifted singer and guitarist, Andy “Muzukuru” Brown.
Far from Harare’s madding crowd, a self-contained Andy dished out mellow tunes such as the classics, True Love and Daisy, which made him, together with Ilanga, a household name in the 1980s.
What those at Wadzanayi Bar Saturday night witnessed was that while form is temporary, class is permanent.
Repentant of the error of his ways after being roped into the Zanu PF propaganda bandwagon at the turn of the millennium, and significantly hurting his career through that contamination, Andy’s music career is definitely on the mend.
Backing vocalist and gifted dancer, Nadine, seems to have added a cutting edge to Brown’s act.
Her skill and energetic dancing, as Andy gently strummed his guitar, gave some kind of balance to the performance. She was a marvel to watch, too.
Though she was probably not around during the wonder years of Ilanga, with the magic talents of Busi Ncube, Keith Farquharson, and the late Don Gumbo, she seems to have seamlessly blended into her husband’s outfit, The Storm.
There was no storm in Shamva that night, but the showers that poured down after the first song were resolutely resisted by the fans who sought shelter close by, but without losing contact with the man working wonders with his guitar on the stage.
Soon after the rains, the fans quickly gathered close to the stage, singing along to classics including Paradzai Wauya, Mawere Kongonya and Shungu.
Forgotten rapper Potato later joined Andy on stage in the late 90s anthem Mapurisa, and added a powerful vibe to the act.
Potato had done the curtain-raising earlier in a performance that cried out for greater recognition of his talents as he did renditions of old time hits such as Furuwa and Ruva Rangu, originally done by the Pied Pipers.
But the night belonged to Andy, warmly received by fans who have obviously forgiven him for going off track once.
In an interview with Standardplus last year, Andy, who recently launched a new album called Chiwoko/The Silent Hand, admitted politics took away the sting from his music and he was now fighting his way back into the mainstream arena.
But it remains to be seen how long it is going to take for that yesteryear glory to start knocking at his door. It could be soon!