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Chipara releases third album

LOCAL musician Tendai Chipara has released his third album titled Ngwarawo.

LOCAL musician Tendai Chipara has released his third album titled Ngwarawo.

Silence Charumbira

The seven-track album has some interesting rhythms that set the bar higher for the budding musician.

Interestingly, the album oozes with evidence of the musician’s deep admiration of the late Tongai Dhewa Moyo.

The arrangement of his music cannot be separated from that of Dhewa so much that some may even mistake him for Peter Moyo although the vocals stand aloof as the distinction.

A self-confessed Dhewa admirer, the musician explores themes that are social-oriented as he comments and advises on different issues.

First on the album is Zvandinoda which has explicit traits of the late Leonard Dembo’s album Mazano from the lyricism and its underlying rhythm guitar.

It is betrayed though by the lead guitar which somewhat lacks creativity.

The trend follows on the second track Zvirimumoyo which can be also has striking semblance on the lead guitar with some of Dembo’s tracks including Chitekete.

What wins the day for the artiste is the thematic framework which resolves around the domestic issues.

Often for the sungura genre, love as a theme is one of the moist common particularly because of its appeal.

On this particular album, however it is Peter Muparutsa, the engineer and producer of the album who left some unclean work particularly track number four titled Chikondamoyo where the vocals seem unedited. What Chipara needs to do as an artiste is to understand the genre of music that he sings so that he can create a bond with it.

That will help him to attain depth and perhaps have his own mark other than live in the shadows of other artistes.

There is a future for him especially if he works hard for the chosen industry is highly volatile.

Other tracks on the album are Ndinekutenda, Chikururi and Kamutambo kemari.

Chipere’s instrumentalists should also be urged to be creative and desist from using well known melodies from old songs as that will simply be classified as lack of originality and worse; copycat tendencies.

The album also comes with a DVD released recently and which could have been refined if more attention had been given.