MUTARE-BASED promoter and musician Brian Samaita says he would assemble a full-time band to complement Peter Moyo’s efforts to keep Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo’s music alive.
Report by Entertainment Reporter
Samaita was Dhewa’s close friend and promoted the musician for many Mutare gigs. The promoter decided to record music after Dhewa’s death and dedicated his first album to the late musician.
Recently he worked with Peter on a number of projects including a show in Nyazura a few weeks ago.
Samaita said he had decided to come up with a full-time band because there was need to keep Dhewa’s fans entertained with the exciting beat that his late friend originated.
“My relationship with Dhewa was very strong and I have worked well with his son Peter,” said Samaita.
“When I recorded my album Nemiwo Munazvo, I was assisted by a number of guys that were in Dhewa’s band and I feel obliged to complement Peter in his effort to continue with his father’s mission.
“People should not take this as competition because I am working closely with Peter. When my band is intact, we are planning to do more joint shows.”
Samaita said he was first introduced to Dhewa in 1996 by bass guitarist Spencer Kumulani before establishing a relationship that turned into close family ties.
“I was introduced to Dhewa by Spencer whom I grew up with in Banket. By then I was a truck driver and Dhewa would regularly give me orders to bring music instruments from South Africa,” said Samaita.
“He took me as a brother and the friendship continued to grow. When he died I thought of joining the music industry full time thus I released an album in honour of him.”
He said the response that his album got from fans had given him confidence to start doing live shows. Gramma Records artiste and rapporteur manager Stan Ruziva recently told NewsDay that Samaita’s album had been one of the few projects that managed to get a positive response from the fans since its release last year.
“The album is doing great. He started on a good note.
“Many musicians have been struggling to get recognition, but he has done considerably well,” said Ruziva.
Samaita said he would take time from his busy schedule to ensure he serves his fans well.
“Although I have got a lot of other things to do, people have encouraged me to form a new band. I will make sure I do my best to entertain them. We are hoping to have the band in place next month.”
Peter confirmed Samaita had shown interest in working with him and said he hoped their relationship would yield positive results. Peter has been finding it hard to fill his father’s shoes and he is still to release his debut album.