MBARE has always been a potpourri of art.
From back in the liberation struggle where such genres like township jazz were reared together with some of Zimbabwe’s oldest suburbs.
Interestingly, the trend has continued years later with the suburb still churning out some of the best artistes.
One such artiste is Alfred Nenguwo, an Afro-jazz musician whose six-track album Tirikwedu appears to affirm his position as poised for the greatness of the old like Mbare Trio.
Despite being the epicentre of the raging Zim dancehall in Harare, the musician chose otherwise and came up with the album that carries tracks like Ndirimo, Kambo, Tarisa, title track Tirikwedu and African Sun which features Prince Musarurwa of the Gogodera fame.
The album was produced by Blessing Masanga of Blessmore Productions.
The musician says music has always been his passion from a tender age.
“I started singing in the school choir and later in the church choir before going professional in 2008,” Nenguwo said.
“I almost joined dancehall, but then I realised that my passion and strength was in Afro-Jazz.” he said.
Nenguwo started his musical journey in 2008 with the group Afro-Diverse.
The group released an eight-track album titled 4 Dimensions which carried tracks such as Ndikafunga, Chamupupuri, Kumusha, Taitamba, Mvura, Kudzoka kwake, Ndichakutora, and Amai Vangu.
Afro-Diverse was to be disbanded resulting in Nenguwo partnering with a female artiste Millicent Muchati on another project they called Malimbah, a fusion of their two names.
In 2013, the duo released a six track album titled African Sun which has tracks such as Hande, Nhamo, Siya Vana, Ndiweka, Chikonzero and Zuva.
Nenguwo will be launching another single Ndomirira on July 26 at Sables Lodges and Restaurant in the capital.