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Chipfumo appeals to promoters as he launches new album

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PROLIFIC guitarist Progress Chipfumo has urged music promoters to have faith and accord opportunities to upcoming musicians as they seek to make a breakthrough in the local music industry.

Winstone Antonio

The Tsiurika singer said this on the sidelines of the launch of his much-awaited nine-track album titled Hold My Hand that was held on Wednesday night at City Sports Bar in the capital.

From left: Mono Mukundu and William Ndinde of National Arts Council of Zimbabwe present Progress Chipfumo with a new guitar at the launch of his new album at City Sports Bar in Harare on Wednesday
From left: Mono Mukundu and William Ndinde of National Arts Council of Zimbabwe present Progress Chipfumo with a new guitar at the launch of his new album at City Sports Bar in Harare on Wednesday

“I was in a pale situation with my health over the past years that at one point forced me to shelve some of my projects,” he said.

Chipfumo added that the music industry was not that rosy without the promoters saying one could have everything they needed to use as an artiste, but in this era of piracy needed promotion of the music through live shows to be able to make a living.

“Promoters must consider the plight of upcoming musicians as they face a mammoth task when it comes to hosting of live shows,” he added.

To further express his concern over the issue, the dread locked musician went on to publicise the issue while he was on stage.

“I know there is Big five and today I am pleading with you mukoma Josh and Chipaz to have a small five for us,” he said much to applause of the revellers.

At the launch, Chipfumo received what he termed a Christmas present from City Sports Bar management who donated an Ibanez 24 frets lead guitar.

“We have come to appreciate Progress’s talent and braveness in the musical industry with this one of the best guitars which I think will go a long way in help him in his work,” said Roney Bere.

Meanwhile, the album which was recorded and produced by renowned guitarist Clive Mono Mukundu, becomes Chipfumo’s fifth album as he breaks the five-year-long silence on the music scene.

Songs that makes up the album include Kwandinobva, Mabvi Nemagokora and Hold My Hand, the title track among others.

Commenting on how his band managed to be intact during his time when he was behind bars and struggling with his health after being diagnosed with tuberculosis, Chipfumo said it was not his, but it was the support from music promoters and the band itself among some people around him.

With this latest offering, the 36-year-old dreadlocked singer believes it marks his return and says he will work towards compensating the lost time for the love of his loyal fans.

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