African Roots musician Bryn Taurai Mteki’s nationwide tour running under the banner, Historic Ndakabvakure Tour: Back from America has gathered momentum, with the sculptor-cum businessman performing at sold-out gigs.
By Arts Reporter
The shows, which are meant to celebrate the artiste’s return home after spending 16 years in the United States and Germany have gone beyond his expectations, according to his personal manager Patience-Annie Mteki.
“His first port of call was Manicaland where he performed in Mutare and Chipinge last week. They were memorable shows and in all gigs, he performed before a full house,” she said.
On Friday, the musician took his act to Mashonaland West province, where he performed at Chinhoyi’s Gwayagwaya Nightclub before a stopover at Mapinga where he gave a vintage act on Saturday.
The award-winning sculptor, who is keen to take Zimbabwean traditional music back to the global stage, is also taking the opportunity to give his fans a foretaste of his forthcoming album titled Ndakabvakure, which features tracks such as Inzwa and Ndinongovhaira. The two tracks seem to have won the hearts of many.
Performing with a live band, his repertoire comprises mbira, keyboards, drums and guitars, which make fans sway to the melody. His playlist includes old tracks such as Ambuya, Tau Akatozvipengerawo Zvake, Amai Maria, Hapana Asingafe and Ndageza Maoko fused with new songs from the forthcoming album.
Known for his trademark chant “Pachedu” when on stage, Mteki has been roping in other musicians in his shows, paticularly those who perform different genres to cater for a divergent audience.
In Manicaland, he partnered sungura exponent Obvious Mutani of the Sungano Express, who did not disappoint either.