THE late Andy Brown’s daughter Ammara and his former student Que Montana have finally released his tribute track.
Titled Tichakusuwa, the track was initially supposed to have been released at the beginning of the year.
But Que Montana yesterday said they both felt more still had to be done.
“The song was first recorded at Lionwave studios in Harare Zimbabwe and further production was done at Neo Studios in South Africa by popular music producer Isheunopa Jere and then at Muwofo studios in Pretoria by Alasters where it was also mixed and mastered,” said Que Montana.
“Both music producers were part of the Storm which is the band that was backing Andy Brown. The song also features a rising guitar player who is greatly influenced by Andy Brown’s music, Norman Masamba.”
Que Montana said he has always admired the late Brown’s music from when he was still young.
“Getting to work with him was more like a dream come true. Andy Brown was quite fond of me and offered to mentor me musically,” he said.
“Apart from being part of his band and learning his music, Andy Brown and I would sometimes practice together and have recording sessions some which would last till the early hours of the morning. We have loads of work that was never released as those sessions were more for the love of music rather than for commercial purposes.
He said the song will be part of the compilation album Andy Brown Forever which Ammara is working as well as appearing on Que Montana’s upcoming album Silent Whisper set to be released before the end of this year.
“I was happy to work with Ammara on the tribute song firstly because I knew that her father was really fond of his daughter,” he said.
“I needed to do the song with people that were close to him, people that he loved hence I even ended up engaging, Isheunopa and Alaster who had worked with him for a long time as well.
“Ammara is such a brilliant singer. I love her voice, creativity and the way she has also become passionate about music and carrying on her father’s legacy.
“I composed the song and arranged it and when she heard the song she complemented it in an amazing way that it felt complete.”
He said it was an emotional experience to record this song.
“I remember in the studio that we had to stop recording many times as the song was quite emotional for her but I feel humbled that she allowed me to do this song with her in honour of her father,” he said.
“This is my way of thanking him for imparting music knowledge to me and for Ammara and her family to allow me to sing about him I really respect that. I look forward to working with her in future on other productions, and even performances.
“We are still working on the possibility of doing a music video for the same song but we have not finalised yet how we are going to do that.”
Que who is currently based in South Africa is expected to be in Zimbabwe in December enroute to Zambia for some performances which are part of the Big Foot Tour,a campaign for the Muwofo Music World Cup set for 2016.