WITH many local musicians relishing the sweet fruits of collaborations, local Afro-fusion jazz musician Alexio Kawara has courted popular Malawian musician and a member of the Real Sounds Skeffa “The Jamming Machine” Chimoto for a duet.
The Lilongwe-based musician, who stormed into the Malawian music scene in 2003 and has five recorded albums, will feature on Kawara’s forthcoming 13-track album Oyi expected to be released in October.
The album will become Kawara’s sixth album after he ventured into music in 1999 with a single track Amai when he was part of the group Guess.
Speaking to NewsDay, the Shaina hitmaker said Chimoto was expected to jet in on August 18 for the recording.
“We are brewing a scorcher with Skeffa Chimoto, who is a talented artiste from Malawi, and hope the song will be well received by our fans,” Kawara said.
“This is going to be an important project that will see us exchanging a lot of ideas.”
Kawara said he had finished recording yet another single Nehana and fans should expect it on the market anytime soon.
“I have finished recording the song Nehana and I will launch it soon. Nehana is a love track about a man who appreciates the love he is getting from his girlfriend who comforts him even when he is faced with a lot of hardships,” Alexio said.
“As for the album, I have decided to release it in October as I have decided to make the project bigger by featuring some local and international artistes.”
The musician has worked with different artistes on different projects that included the late Andy Brown, Clive Mukundu and Newman Chipeni, among others.
Although Kawara is still walking with the aid of crutches following a car crash in December last year, he left revellers clamouring for more when he put up a sterling performance at Misty’s in Newlands over the weekend.
Kawara and his Shades of Black belted some of the songs off the forthcoming album, among them Nehana, and went on to salute his fans at the well-attended show.
“I want to thank you, my loyal fans, for standing by me through thick and thin. You never stopped supporting me and I must not disappoint you,” Kawara said.
Kawara has continued to take his music to greater heights and is currently riding high with his single Zva Zvinhu being played on virtually all Zimbabwe’s radio stations.