SONGSTRESS Diana Samkange believes the new style on her latest offering, Kumazivandadzoka, has thrust her into the elite of local jazz crooners.
Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, Samkange said she had decided to prioritise the Afro-jazz beat on her new album to reach out to new audiences.
The album has received a much better response than her previous releases.
“There are a lot of experiences that I have gone through over the past few years that have made me what I am today,” said the diva, who rose to fame as an urban grooves musician.
The artiste, however, bemoaned the poor faring of local videos on the regional and international scene.
“I refer to videos particularly because I have the video of the song Kumagumo that has been played on DSTV’s Channel O, but there has not been any consistency.”
The new album has taken her to another level and on March 1 she will be sharing the stage with man of the moment Sulumani Chimbetu at Jamaica Inn in Ruwa.
Manager of the joint, Tsitsi Taenga, said they had decided to host Chimbetu and Samkange because of the impact their albums had made on the local scene.
“Syllabus and Kumazivandadzoka have stormed the musical market with power and we have decided to host the musicians at our joint,” said Taenga.
She added that this would be the time for fans to celebrate with Chimbetu who recently scooped three awards at the just-ended National Arts Merit Awards.
“In fact, we are going to let fans celebrate with Sulumani for his recent achievements and let people have a feel of Samkange’s new album live on stage,” she said.