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Munya Maturuse launches second album


ICONIC musician Oliver Mtukudzi calls him “The Superstar” and on Tuesday evening rising artiste Munya Mataruse made a stride in that direction.

Silence Charumbira

The young artiste appeared to prove Tuku’s assertion with a spectacular performance at Jazz 105 where he launched his second album titled Pashangara.

Attended by National Arts Council director Elvas Mari, the event was enhanced by none other than Alick Macheso who had revellers cracking their ribs each time he opened his mouth.

In the company of his first wife Nyadzisai, Macheso had the party in applause from his entrance right up to the end.

Also in attendance was “gangly” Jah Prayzah, Ammara Brown, Tryson Chimbetu, Alexio Kawara and of course a huge cluster of Norton residents who made sure the stage was well cheered.

For a change it was Daisy, Tuku’s wife, who was the guest of honour in recognition of her support of the Pakare Paye Arts Centre whose product Munya is. In her humour-riddled speech, Daisy, also referred to as Mai Nzou, hailed the young musician as hardworking and resilient.

Appearing to be struggling with the microphone as she stepped onto the stage, it was Macheso who threw a cracker by shouting: “Office gadget,” to the applause of the audience.

She revenged just a moment later when she described Munya when he first came to Pakare Paye as a nine-year-old.

“He looked like a small boy that was coming from herding goats,” she said inviting cheers from the audience.

“I would like to congratulate him. God works surprises.

“We never expected such a product to come from Pakare Paye.

“We were not around all along, but Munya ran around all alone, but look at what he has done today. It is hard work and I would like you to know that spoon-feeding is not good.”

She was to pull yet another shocker; this time Macheso was involved.

“Musicians used to be looked down upon you, but if you look at me and Mai Macheso, would you say we are musicians’ wives?

“Musicians were regarded as loafers, but I want to tell you being a loafer is your choice. You must put God first and everything will be well for you.

“Smoking and alcohol will not help you,” she said this time inviting an exasperated silence.

It was Wilson Pirima, a reveller, who appeared to have spoiled the fun when his bid of buying the first copy at $1 000 failed to materialise till the end of the event.

The 14-track album has a number of traditional fusions mainly dominated by Shangara flavour. What is also evident is Tuku’s influence in the youngster’s music particularly the composition of the acoustic lines.

It consists of tracks like Vatete, Kalife, Mbama Kumeso, Yevamwe, Ndaneta and Vanhu Vafare which are collaborations with Ba Shupi and Tryson Chimbetu, among others.

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