Jazz duo releases second album

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One of the country’s finest upcoming Afro-Jazz duo, Dzikamai Machingura and Farai Chieza, called G56 recently released their second album titled Tichiritose.

The duo, moulded by highly acclaimed jazz artiste, songwriter and producer, Clive “Mono” Mukundu said its latest offering was likely to surpass standards set by their first album.

The debut album, titled Mhoroi was released in 2009 and was meant with notable response from music lovers.

“This album that comes after a one-and-half-year break is to let the people know that we are still together and we are not going to stop producing more songs. The title is Tichiritose meaning ‘we are still together’,” said Chieza.

He said the delay in coming up with a new album was because they wanted to give the first album a long lifespan since they were quite happy with the way the album was accepted in the industry. The album has also received commendable airplay.

The new 14-track album has songs derived from various day- to-day experiences from the duo’s separate lives and songs to look out for include Cocktail, On the African Plane, Nhasi Chishanu and Watukwa Here.

“Most of our tracks have Shona titles although we tend to blend both English and Shona lyrics and this is because we have targeted the mature locals who love original Zimbabwean music,” said Chieza.

He said they were both inspired by music from superstars like the late Jabu Kanyile, Oliver Mtukudzi and the Bhundu Boys to mention a few.

He said this year they planned to do more shows and make their music available for downloads on the Internet.

Chieza said their latest offering could be described as a slow and laid-back product that can fit any serious environment.