SIMBA Chikore’s personalised vows to Bona Mugabe in March this year have inspired two musicians to pen a song.
Given a chance to pour his heart out to his beloved Bona, Simba said: “I love you past my mind. I love you beyond my heart. I love you so much.”
Tinashe Makura and United States-based Chashe Musarurwa have collaborated to record a song titled Zvekupenga.
“The song was inspired by Bona and Simba’s vows and anyone who knows those vows will easily discern the connection, if they listen closely,” Makura said.
Interestingly, the song has made heads spin as it is also laced with a great measure of charm to express unconditional love.
Barely a month since its release, Zvekupenga is doing extremely well on local airwaves and has sent Zimbabweans locally and in the Diaspora into a frenzy with
some sending in pictures of themselves holding placards written, #Zvekupenga, while others are sending in footage of themselves singing along to the song.
One would mistake this for the Zvirikufaya frenzy at its grassroots level that has had Zimbabweans across the world showing off how well life is treating them.
Makura said he was overwhelmed by the response that the song was getting.
“We did not think it would be like this,” he said. “The pictures and video footages that are being sent in by people will be used for the video of the song which we will start working on soon.”
The track was produced by Malaysian producer Anton Morgan, who has produced for artistes like Malaysian Idols winner Jacqueline Victor and Yuna, a singer who is currently working with Pharrell Williams.
The duo has unique musical backgrounds which explains how they managed to come up with such a hit.
Chashe is an Afro-pop artiste who has spent the greater part of her life in the Diaspora. She is a graduate of Berkeley College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, who boasts of two commercial albums and is also busy establishing her sound, made unique by her fusion of Shona and English languages.
Makura, on the other hand, is a 29-year-old singer born to a music teacher mother.
He holds an international business management degree.
He released a song with MC Cut in 2006 before going to study in Malaysia where he pursued music and met his producer Morgan with whom he has worked on a seven-track album, Hello, while working on producing Zvekupenga.
The greatest highlight of his musical career was singing for the Sultan of Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Islamic Fashion Festival.
Chashe said she is happy with the track’s progress.
“I am just happy people like the track and want to keep listening to it,” she said.
“Chashe and I were linked by a mutual friend Munyaradzi Bloggo. Since she is based in the [United] States, we produced the song by sending vocals to Anton Morgan in Malaysia and it took us a full month to produce the song,” Makura said.
Though the fact that the duo has not met in person, they hope to perform together soon.