SOUTH Africa-based artiste Wylie Ligomeka aka Wylie Jeanz has collaborated with acclaimed guitarist, producer and writer Sheldon Goode on the release of his single Kwadzinorohwa Matumbu.
Report by Silence Charumbira Entertainment Reporter
Released a week ago, the track is a fusion of deep house, Afro jazz and soul destined to make ripples on the market.
The danceable tune is part of an album titled Ngoma that will be released around Easter next year.
An artist, producer, writer and sound engineer based in Johannesburg, Wylie says his collaboration with Goode means a lot to the local industry.
“I may not be the first Zimbabwean to collaborate with such a big name, but being another one that has done so it means a lot to our industry,” he said.
“That should give a lot of faith to other rising stars from my country.”
Goode has played for the late Whitney Houston and Donell Jones, among many other artists, and is the man most known for penning the Usher hit single Think of You.
He co-produced Jones’ 1999 Where I Wanna Be album and 2002 Life goes On.
Born on February 23 1982 in Harare, Zimbabwe, the artist says the name Jeanz is an acronym for “just entered a new zone”.
“It is very inspiring to work with big names in the industry. I grew up following Donell Jones and it is good that I got the privilege to have his producer working on my record and with I have ‘just entered a new zone’.”
Wylie has had the chance to work with numerous artists from various countries who include Kenny Mwanza, Kudzai Sevenzo, Botswana’s Liefy Jones, Bonnie and Suggie Fisher, among others.
The multitalented artist has appeared on commercial adverts for Standard Bank and Sasol in South Africa.
He says he will soon be coming to Zimbabwe to see if he can establish some networks to market his music, while also providing knowledge to a few locals.
“Special mention goes to Dizzy Don and Wezi Bonono Chipeta who are my co-executive producers for making this dream come true,” he said.