Mutare jazz diva collaborates with Mzansi singer

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BY KENNETH NYANGANI/ GARIKAI TUNHIRA

MUTARE-BASED rising Afro-jazz musician Rutendo Jackie has gone regional after collaborating with South-African rapper Romo and Mr Brown on the song titled Don’t Let Go released yesterday morning.

The song, which was produced by Mr Brown and is in Zulu and English, encourages people to love and appreciate each other during this COVID-19 period.

It has an accompanying video directed by Zorodzai Chibuwe. The video was shot at Kaynine Studios in Waterfall, South Africa, Leopard Rock in Vumba and Small Bridge in Mutasa district, Mutare.

The song’s video will be featured on international music channels Trace Africa and Channel O as well as on her YouTube channel.

“These are really trying times where we should be there for each other like never before. The COVID-19 pandemic caught us by surprise,” she said.

Don’t Let Go is a song of love, hope, unity and togetherness where I am encouraging listeners to desist from hatred, but love consistently till we overcome the plague.”

“I decided to rope in a South African artiste as well as another artiste Mr Brown as a sign of togetherness as well as expanding my brand beyond borders.”

Her manager, Alwyn Mugandani, said: “It has been a long, trying journey, but we can finally see the light and it’s paying off.”

In February this year, Jackie released a love ballad titled Waya Waya which encourages couples to love, appreciate and take care of each other in all seasons.

The song was accompanied by a video and features Victor Scot, who also assisted in the writing of the song recorded at Jah Prayzah’s JP Studios in Harare.

Last October, the songstress saw her production Handidi Nhamo featuring frequently on DStv’s Trace Africa.

Handidi Nhamo was shot in the magnificent scenic sites of the Eastern Highlands as the singer continues to market her brand as well as the Eastern Highlands as a tourist destination.

She released her debut album Love Me As I Am in November 2019. The album carries love songs as well as other tracks that tackle social issues affecting people’s day-to-day lives.

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