Gospel music lovers who were enchanted by the mellow sounds of Kudzai Sevenzo, who burst onto the scene following a fruitful stint on Project Fame in 2004 and went on to release a catchy debut, On a Day Like This, have something to celebrate this festive season.
Project Fame was a reality television show in which Kudzi reached the penultimate round, singing her way into the country’s music history books.
As 2010 comes to a close, Kudzi seems to have wrapped up her affairs this year in style, with the release of her second album, Child of Afrika, which is likely to rekindle her romance with her fans.
The 12-track album was launched on Wednesday at the Zimbabwe International film Festival gardens in Harare. While her debut was a fine blend of jazz, rock and soul, the new release is distinctly afro-centric jazz.
“I have found my own true sound, the change of genres is part of the new direction in which I’m going,” the diva said.
Songs on the album include Line in the Sand, a motivational song, Child of Afrika, the title track which urges people to be proud of themselves, Fish in the Sea, a reggae love song, Pole Pole, a duet with music superstar, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and Kwandinobva, featuring Jonah Sithole.
Sevenzo produced the album under her record label, K7 Records, with the help of consummate producer Andrew Baird.
Child of Afrika features many other talented musicians including CBZ A Academy first season winner, Jonah Sithole, Sam Mataure and Clive “Mono” Mukundu.
“During the journey to making this album, I faced a few challenges trying to release an album independently,” said Sevenzo.
She said she had learnt a lot throughout the process, particularly about artists’ needs and hurdles faced by artists, thus K7 Records was born.
Tuku was full of praise for Kudzi: “She has come into her own and has found a uniquely ‘Kudzai’ sound, this album really shows how much Kudzi has grown.”
Another internationally acclaimed South African artiste, Ringo Madlingozi said, “The girl has talent! I would like to collaborate with her and record a duet.”
Sevenzo, a singer, songwriter, TV personality, columnist and radio presenter all in one, was plunged into the limelight following her spell on MNet’s reality television show, Project Fame.
Her debut album earned her a place as a Zimbabwe Music Awards nominee as well as receiving a Celebration Award for best new artist.
Sevenzo’s career took an exciting turn when she became MNet’s first ever Zimbabwean TV presenter for the magazine programme Studio 53.