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Live bands way to go — Cindy


Urban groover Cindy Rufaro Munyavi has added her voice to the growing calls for urban groovers to use instruments during their live performances.

The 26-year-old award-winning songbird, who performed at the Miss Tourism Midlands finals recently, reiterated music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s sentiments that musicians should be backed by a live band and be original in their work.

Speaking in Gweru last week, Tuku took a swipe at urban groovers for simply lip-synching on stage, which is why their careers are short-lived as their music “easily get tired”.

After using live instruments as a support act at Jamaican dancehall king Beenie Man’s show in October this year, Cindy said she realised why international musicians managed to make an impact and achieve celebrity status.

She however conceded that having a backing band might have far-reaching consequences for urban groovers as it is costly.

“I now believe using live instruments on stage is the way to go. I think it makes people take you seriously because the sound would be formed live on stage unlike being backed by a CD,” she said.

She however added that the costs were prohibitive.

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