Upcoming hip-hop and jazz artist, Munyaradzi Chimonyo aka Bronx, who last year released his debut album, If You Were My Angel, with assistance from the late jazz musician Dumisani Ngulube, says losing his mentor has dealt a huge blow to his music.
Chimonyo said Ngulube, who was well-known for assisting young and upcoming artists, had helped him refine his stage act and lyrical arrangement while he also assisted him with instruments.
Ngulube died in September last year after a short illness.
The upcoming musician admits that had failed to make a breakthrough in the music industry on his own since 2003.
“My music did not get airplay on local radio stations and no one seemed to care about my music, but when I met Dumi he gave me hope and made me a regular supporting act at his various shows up to the time of his death,” said Chimonyo.
He said up to this very day Ngulube’s death was still a big blow to him although he was grateful that he had left him a lot of wisdom and knowledge that would guide him in his career.
Chimomyo said he recently formed a three-piece band called Black Herb and was currently working on a single track titled Till We Meet which was a dedication to his late mentor.
“He left me at a time when he was helping me discover myself and although I am now working with his remaining Amagents band members, the gap he left in my life is just irreplaceable,” he said emotionally.
Chimonyo said he remembers vividly how Ngulube would always stress the importance of originality and maintaining a lasting identity in the music industry.
He said together with his tribute song to Ngulube he was also working on a single titled Dangerous, a social commentary on people’s day-to-day lives.
“Dumi will remain a legend to me because he picked me up from nowhere and left me somewhere and I have every reason to lift my head high and make him proud wherever he is because he was the only one who seemed to believe in me,” he said.