Mtukudzi engages Diamond Studios


UPCOMING Afro-Jazz musician Calvin Mtukudzi has engaged Diamond Studios for his second 10-track album Manamatiro to be released end of this month.


The 29-year-old Marondera-based musician, who announced his presence in the music industry with his debut album Kukungura that carried the popular song Nhinhi, told NewsDay last week that his second offering would be released soon.

“As an upcoming musician, I told myself that I have to engage professional studios for me to be taken seriously. My debut album did well and some of the songs are being frequently played on local radio stations, meaning I did well from the beginning,” he said.

“I believe that my next project should be better and I had to fork out all that I had to produce the album.

“It is not easy for upcoming musicians like us, but I value the audience, hence I have to offer the best. My second album is now in its final stages and will hit the market by end of this month.”
The album, a fusion of gospel and Afro-jazz tracks, carried 10 songs.

Mtukudzi, who was reluctant to speak on whether or not he was related to superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, said he failed to release an album last year due to financial constraints.

“After realising that my first album was well received, I thought of purchasing some instruments from South Africa which I did. This drained my account.

“The instruments are for live shows that I do in Marondera and other areas,” he said.

After the release of Kukungura, Mtukudzi became a curtain-raiser for many musicians in Marondera. Last year he shared the stage with gospel sensation Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave and jazz diva Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana during a well-attended show at Marondera Hotel.


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