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Constance: sungura queen in the making


Bulawayo will soon have its own lady sungura musician as Constance Maraire has announced her arrival on the scene.

She told NewsDay she chose sungura because she liked the genre’s fast, hard beat and she could express herself better via that kind of music.

Maraire, who started composing songs while still at school, has a new album recorded at Shed Studios, which includes two songs from that time, Vematongo and Daira.

Heavy guitar work marks her music, and most of her songs exceed 7 minutes.

“I want to prove the point that women can do well in sungura. I’ve met people who tried to discourage me from singing sungura but I have not taken what they say to heart,” she said.

She, however, has not done any live shows because she does not have instruments.

She said her music was highly recommended by Oliver Mtukudzi.

“He said I should sing for him and he was impressed by two of my songs Vematongo and Wakange Uripi.
“I was ecstatic because it demonstrated to me that I have talent.

“That is when I decided to look for money and record my first album,” she said.

Wakange Uripi is a hit song that has received a lot of airplay on Radio Zimbabwe.

Maraire said her music has a positive message.

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