Fashionable reggae outfit Transit Crew has something in store for all reggae lovers, three new singles set to be officially launched in August.
These three tracks have since been rocking their weekly Friday shows at The Mannenberg and to all those who have been closely following the proceedings, Vavengi is one of the songs that performed by lead vocalist Mannex Emmanuel Motsi complemented by his immaculate vocals, energetic stage work and sizzling vocals from the other vocalists.
One track that begs to be listened to over and over again is Muti, a laid-back song that appeals to all ages with simple lyrics destined to scale to greater heights on the local charts.
Brilliantly delivered by Mann Chaza Rungano Zinyengere could not have been better without his prowess behind the vocals, giving it a “conscious” touch that goes well with the message. The song speaks about the challenges that people in marriages face after having made a decision to stay together their whole lives.
African Girl is embedded with lyrics that speak of the need to appreciate African women.
Transit Crew has so far released four albums since its formation, hence this time they are concentrating more on releasing singles.
“These singles have been greatly embraced by our fans and we are actually in the process of having them distributed to several local stations.”
“What is amazing is the production quality and mastering since this is done live and we are going to officially launch them in August,” said Chamunorwa Mashoko, the band manager.
Transit Crew was one of Zimbabwe’s first reggae bands formed in 1988 and it has been in the industry for more than 20 years.
Three of the original band members, Munyaradzi Nyemba (bass player and band leader), Anthony “Liba” Amon (keyboard) and Samaita Zindi (lead guitarist), today make up the core of the band, complemented by talented young blood.
The band was founded by Munya Brown, then a member of Misty in Roots. He worked with the group until a road accident led to his relocation to the United Kingdom from where he is still mentoring the group.
Other current members of the group are Joshua Penga on drums, Farai Kazembe, Jeffrey J, Farai Sithole, Rootsman Solo Spice and Emmanuel Mannex Motsi as vocalists. Mannex used to be a member of the Urban Grooves group Bootkin Clan.
In 1989 Transit Crew had the privilege of playing alongside Culture, Eric Donaldson, and Ijahman Levi, who were all backed by Rough Cuts Band, here in Zimbabwe.
The group has toured South Africa, Japan, the United Kingdom and has been a supporting act for numerous international artists such as Misty in Roots, Dennis Brown, Luciano and Mickey General in Jamaica, UK poet Zephaniah Benjamin and the late Lucky Dube.