27 August 2012

Zimbabwe: Dembo Problem Child Reforms

Photo: The Herald
The late Leonard 'Musorowenyoka' Dembo

Morgan Dembo's decision to quit the bottle could open a new chapter for Barura Express.

The elder son to the late music legend Leonard Dembo is said to have been consistently at loggerheads with his brother Tendai because of his drinking habits.

Morgan and Tendai are on a mission to revive their father's legacy and recently released their debut album titled Kutsika Matsimba.

Morgan hogged the limelight for mischief on a number of occasions and many critics saw him as a stumbling block to the revival of Barura Express, but the young artist last week revealed he had reformed so that the band could prosper.

"Ours is a more painful journey because unlike Sulumani Chimbetu or Peter Moyo, we never watched our father performing and for us to entertain any hopes of getting anywhere close to what he achieved, we have to up our game," said Morgan.

"That is why I decided to do away with the mischief. There is a lot more serious work that needs to be done and I cannot do that when I am drunk."

His younger brother Tendai said he was happy that his brother had realised where he was getting it wrong.

"We are now fully committed to the cause since Morgan reformed," said Tendai.

"We have been touring various places to market our debut album Kutsika Matsimba which is doing fairly well despite the poor marketing by our stable and the problem of piracy.

"Another driving force is that we have a committed manager, Willard Shava Chirenje, who has been working flat out to make sure that we are on the right track."

Chirenje has vast experience in music promotion after working with one of the most prolific local music promoters, Patson Chimbodza aka Chipaz.

His engagement has seen the young artists managing to record their long-awaited first album, which they had failed to do on their own.

"We sat down and had a serious talk with the boys after which, we came up with a plan that we are using now," Chirenje told StandardLife&Style recently.

"The fact that Morgan no longer drinks, I think is enough proof of how serious we are."

Since making a decision to start careers as professional musicians a few years ago, the brothers have seen both the highs and lows of the sector.

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