Young Igwe exhibits maturity in new album

HOSTILE comments and unsubstantiated conclusions dogged sungura singer, Peter “Young Ingwe” Moyo in the formative years of his career as he battled to fit into his late father Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo’s enormous shoes.

Following his father’s death in October 2011, the Young Igwe inherited the Utakataka Express Band.

Since his first album release, Young Ingwe has shown maturity and versatility to the point of recording an amapiano album with DJ Mapepetso.

Although he faced a lot of criticism, Young Ingwe never looked back.

His newly-released album titled Mwana waMambo, which translate to son of a king, is a well-polished diamond and a highly-creative masterpiece that silences critics and those who doubted the Young Igwe’s prowess and virtuosity.

The six-track album is actually a reincarnation of Tongai. The album is a mirror of his father’s early albums.

Starting off the new album is an introductory song titled Igwe, which introduces Peter as the Igwe (meaning a king in Nigerian Igbo language).

The song is a fusion of slow tempo rhumba, which can also be termed Bongo flavour.

In the song, one cannot help but notice the influence of the Congolese chanter Gift Katulika also known as Shiga Shiga.

Ndangariro (Memories), the second song, is slow-paced with some allegorical lyrics that cannot be comprehended by shallow-minded listeners because one cannot get the focal point of the lyrics and the song title on whether they were directed to a living person or a departed beloved one.

The song “steals” from the late sungura legend Leornard Dembo’s rhythmic Hande Kumusha Chizukuru and also Tongai’s Ndipeiwo Zambuko.

The other song, Zuva Remuchato, talks about the wedding day.

The Young Igwe has, indeed, proved his maturity in a sense that can endear many people in love to their loved ones as evidenced by the deep love lyrics on the song Ndiwe Urikupisa, which is a praise track from a man in love with his wife or generally those in love.

One might not deny that this song is Peter’s dedication to his wife Caroline Rutendo Makamache.

This piece is loud and clear in terms of sound and arrangement.

Praising and telling God his issues has always been a characteristic of Young Igwe’s songs and Hatina Nguva is a sermon of a mediator who is also a preacher appealing to God for the forgiveness of a sinner and also encouraging the sinner to repent because time is not on everyone’s side.

Mwari Wangu is also another track which is well arranged and nicely mastered.

The lyrics are characterised by emotional appreciation of God for always keeping us safe, despite that we always err.

Apart from the maturity displayed on this album, the self-proclaimed Sungura Messiah has also fortified the legacy of his father’s music by following his footsteps in almost every song on this album.

This album can safely be called the reincarnation of Dhewa and the renaissance of Peter within the music industry.

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