MUTARE-BASED sungura musician Brian Samaita is finalising the production of a five-track album, which he hopes to release before the end of next month.
The album, which is his eighth, carries five tracks — Mubvandiripo, Gweja Nyumwa, Memo, Ndinovimba Nemi and Kudzura Midzi.
“I am yet to find the name of the album, but it’s that old sungura beat," Samaita said.
“The album should be out before the elections.”
This is the guitar virtuoso’s eighth album and his last project was titled Kwaive Kusaziva released in March 2021.
“I had to shelve production because of Covid-19, although I had released my last album Kwaive Kusaziva at the height of the Covid-19 outbreak,” Samaita said.
“I am also doing videos for all the songs, which I hope to release by the time I drop the album.”
Samaita said he was hoping to do countrywide shows to promote the album.
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“I am preparing to do shows around the country to promote the album and to meet my fans,” he said.
“I have been performing at private functions, but I think I need to, and meet sungura fans.”
The award-winning businessman and music promoter said he would also do shows in neighbouring Mozambique and Malawi.
“My music is followed very much in Mozambique and I want to take this album there,” he said.
“In Malawi followership has grown since the last time I performed at Major 1’s function in Blantyre during the Easter holiday in 2021.”
In 2021, Samaita went to Malawi to perform at two private functions for high-profile families, including an Easter crusade convened by the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church led by Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
“Plans are underway to go back to Malawi for similar shows,” he said.
Samaita said he was happy that his songs were getting favourable airplay on national radio stations, National FM and Radio Zimbabwe, while his local radio Diamond FM is giving him extensive support.