BY ADMIRE JAMU-MLAMBO
VETERAN sound engineer, producer and sungura musician Norman “Dhara Nodza” Tapambwa (pictured) has urged fellow players in the genre to be innovative to ensure that it remains dominant in the wake of new popular genres.
Tapambwa, who fronts Zenya Expresso, is currently riding high with his latest album Ndarangarira Magamba Emhanzi.
The musician told NewsDay Life & Style he infused some innovations into the new sungura album.
“I tried to rejuvenate the sungura beat, but I did not completely change the traditional genre. As a producer, engineer and artiste, I tried to include a new style in sungura,” he said.
The 45-year-old Mhondoro-Ngezi-born artiste said the only way sungura musicians could remain relevant was through spicing up the genre while maintaining its original feel.
“Sungura musicians need to improve. This can only be done by making a lot of research. They need to put more effort by bringing in new ideas such that it sounds differently. The style is not to be changed totally, but spices are needed to improve it.”
A Zimbabwe College of Music graduate who has also worked as a sound engineer and producer with Grammar Records and Zimbabwe Music Corporation, Tapambwa has nine albums — Tifanane naJesu, Tendeuka (Repent), Ndini Wacho, Mbama yeGudo, Musikana Webasa, Kudzoka Nesimba, Mhiri Kwenyanza, Ziso Regondo and Ndarangarira Magamba Emhanzi — under his belt.
He has worked with popular musicians Joseph Garakara, Liversy Matamba, Paradzai Mesi, the late Beater Mangete and Allan Chimbetu just to mention a few.
Currently, he said he was working on a coronavirus collaborative song with Somandla Ndebele, Nicholas Zacharia, Sulumani Chimbetu, Mechanic Manyeruke, Albert Nyathi, Kudzi Nyakudya, Tatenda Pinjisi, Sehlape, Simon Mutambi, Rugare Tapambwa and Leonard Zhakata.