South African musicians Brown Dash and Winnie Khumalo have challenged their local counterparts to be strong and fight to establish themselves by learning from those who have made it in the industry.
The two were recently in Bulawayo where they performed at the Bohlingers’ Woza 2011 Gig at Queens Sports Ground.
Winnie said musicians should have faith and fight for what they believe in so as to be successful.
She said: “Musicians in Zimbabwe should be strong and associate themselves with positive and successful people in order to learn from them. They should work hard and all will fall in place.”
She added that getting a recording deal was now very hard because of piracy.
“Getting a recording deal is complicated these days because recording companies are hesitating to record for people because of piracy,” she said.
This was the musicians’ second time performing in Bulawayo as she once came in 2007 and staged a show at a function with Bongo Muffin. She admitted that she enjoyed performing in Zimbabwe as the people were very welcoming.
Khumalo started her musical career in 1988 and has seven albums to her name. Her latest offering, Woman was released six weeks ago and is a 12-track album featuring Skoko, DJ Mavy, Mono T and Oskido.
It features the tracks Woman, Impilo, Ngikhule Ngimamale, Izifo, Siyavuma, Hamba Nabahambayo, Baby Love, Joy and Love the Way you Love Me.
She added that plans were underway for collaborating with Jah Apple Seed and she was also willing to work with any other Zimbabwean musician who was wild.
“I have plans to do a collaboration with Apple Seed. I can also work with any other wild and crazy Zimbabwean as I’m energetic and love working with people with the same vibe,” she said.
Brown Dash also urged local musicians to stick to the music industry and know their cultures.
“Zimbabwean musicians should know where they come from and respect God always. Being a hero has its ups and downs,” he said.
He also promised that Kwaito music would never die in Zimbabwe and thanked Zimbabweans for their love as seen from the tattoos of his name on people’s hands.