THE ongoing Harare Agricultural Show has given upcoming Chimurenga musician Jairos Chabvonga a boost after he was given a continuous 10-day slot at Dandaro Inn at the Exhibition Park.
Chabvonga was given 10 days to perform at the venue as a way of marketing his music to people before embarking on solo acts.
Speaking to NewsDay, proprietor of the venue Patson “Chipaz” Chimbodza said they were trying to parade the musician to the public.
“Chabvonga is a talented upcoming artiste and his energetic performance recently proved that he has the potential to scale to dizzy heights on the scene and all he needs is exposure,” Chipaz said.
Chipaz vowed to keep on promoting and marketing local artistes by giving them a platform to showcase their talent as curtain raisers to established musicians such as Sulumani Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah and Kapfupi, among others.
This initiative has resulted in many musicians breaking into the mainstream music scene.
Chabvonga said he was pleased with the support he is getting from both musicians and promoters.
“It is every upcoming artiste’s aspiration to get the much-needed exposure and support to rise in the music industry that is full of competition,” Chabvonga said.
“I would like to thank Chipaz Promotions for giving me the chance and I hope he will keep on having faith in me in the future.”
Chabvonga signalled his arrival on the music scene with the release of his debut eight-track album Nevanji that was recorded at Revival Studios in the capital.
The album, which is fused with traditional instruments mbira and drums, is laden with social commentary messages.
The Chitungwiza-born musician has already shared the stage with celebrated musicians such as Jah Prayzah, Peter Moyo and Progress Chipfumo. Tracks that make up the album are KuZimbabwe, Dongo, Botso, Maidei, Donhodzo, Magumo Enyika, Mombe Yehumai and Tovatenda Masoja.