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Nutty O hints on debut album

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BY FREEMAN MAKOPA

ZIMDANCEHALL chanter Nutty O, who recently parted ways with fellow musician Jah Prayzah’s Military Touch Movement, is set to release his debut album, Mustard Seed, which he says tells of his artistic journey.

Nutty O’s manager Byron Kabaira yesterday told NewsDay Life & Style that they were finalising the album which will be released before year end.Kabaira said they started off with the release of a single titled Safe as a precursor to the new album.

“Safe is a release off Nutty O’s upcoming critically awaited debut album titled Mustard Seed. Right now he’s in the studio finalising the album which should be released before the fall to the year. He also has a number of international projects due to be released,” he said.

Kabaira said they settled for the title Mustard Seed as symbolic of the potential a mustard seed carried to flourish into a massive tree.

“The musician (Nutty O) is the mustard seed itself which is now growing and through this debut album, it’s the start of a new era and a lot more projects to come and our fans should expect nothing, but the best,” he said.

He said they have a number of collaborations which they expect will add a global touch to their music, adding that they have been receiving an inflow of endorsements.

“Notably, he has projects with Ghana’s internationally-acclaimed producers Ipapi and Mix Master Gazy, while a Caribbean project will bring the global touch as he has an upcoming project with Jamaican producer/recording artist Aicon,” he said.

“We continue to receive an increasing inflow of endorsements both from Nutty O’s creative counterparts as well as corporates. Nigerian superstar recording artist Patoranking was one of the first to publicly endorse our current project, Safe. This was followed by a myriad of fellow artistes endorsing.”

Kabaira cited fellow musicians and creatives Baba Harare, Mai TT, ExQ, DJ Tamuka, K.V.G, Chamvary and Diana Elisha Nheera as having endorsed him.

“Zimbabweans in the diaspora are also coming out in numbers as seen through endorsements by UK-based Empress Trisha who also appears in a cameo on the Safe video. Mudhara Tindo also threw his weight behind the project as well as Jusa Dementor and South Africa-based Boss D and USA-based Solyd The Plug.”

Kabaira said they have also received thumbs up from several corporates through endorsements.

“On the corporate side we have since received promotional endorsements from companies like ZOL Zimbabwe, Uhuru Africa, SAS Kids, IHarare Bot, Pusha Maworks and Mashroom Media where the album is being done,” he said.

Asked how they have been doing since partying ways with Military Touch, he disclosed that all spirits were high and all systems running as they have since devised a structure that allows for maximum team level achievements.

However, Kabaira said their major setback was the COVID-19 pandemic in which the lockdown disconnected them physically with their fans.

“Just like many other industries, ours thrives when economic activity is favourable. The pandemic has dealt a huge blow economically and this alone has had the effect of increasing the viscosity of money flow. The lockdown has had the physical effect of disconnecting us from our much-valued and celebrated followers who often converge at places of entertainment to support us,” he said.

“However, it should be commended and appreciated that there has been some impressive online turnout of fans and various stakeholders. At least the brand is safe, thanks to online activity.”

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