THE three upcoming artistes who qualified for the 90-day sabbatical in Germany have hit the ground running with a collaborative album set to be released next year.
Courtesy of the Zimbabwe-German Society, the programme is aimed at enhancing the artistes’ creative aspect.
The artistes, namely Fungai Nengare, Tendai “Tendex” Madzviti and Munyaradzi Manyamarebvu, will be working alongside established musicians that include Tariro NeGitare, Prayersoul, Rutendo Machiridza and Munich band Jamaram.
The 17-track album to be titled Heavy Heavy will consist of tracks in which Jamaram sings in Shona, a language the band is keen to master.
Tendex said he only has good memories to share about his experience in Germany and said his source of inspiration was the view outside his window.
“I wish I had bad things to say so far about my stay there, but I do not. All I can say is I am blessed and God loves me,” Tendex said.
He said one of the tracks that he composed while in Gernany would be included on the album they are working on with Jamaram.
Nyamarebvu, could not contain the enthusiasm about the warm reception he received on arrival in Germany.
“Germany is an awesome country. The people are great, the places, food and culture are amazing and there are lots of opportunities,” Nyamarebvu said.
A protégé of legendary Superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Nyamarebvu said: “I have since composed a song which we have all agreed to be an interlude on the album we are working on titled Chigondora. The song was inspired by the new experience of travelling to another part of the world for the first time to showcase my music.”
He added that while there are a lot of lessons learnt, he now appreciated teamwork and punctuality like never before.
“Being time-conscious and organised is the route to success as a band or as an individual artiste, but failure is prevalent if basic things such as time keeping are not respected.”
Prayer Soul, previously on tour with Jamaram, Tariro NeGitare and Machiridza in 2013 – who accompanied the emerging artistes to Germany, said he was being exposed to a different experience during the sabbatical.
Nyamarebvu has performed at four different venues in Germany and is the only one in the group who has performed with Jamaram in Austria’s East Rock Festival.
Tendex has had his own share of performances with the German group at festivals and parties which include Halbahalf Munich, Tourwood Festival and Wessling summer party.
After facilitating a workshop and performing for parents at one of the schools in Germany, Tendex has embarked on mbira lessons teaching two students.