The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Selmor Goes Solo

The music industry has taken a see-saw swipe and the gradient seems to be in favour of female musicians who continue to dominate gospel, sungura and urban groove music.

The likes of gospel diva and sociologist Fungisai Mashavave Zvakavapano, Olinda Marowa, Olivia Charamba, Joice Simeti, Chiwoniso Maraire, Plaxedes Wenyika, Sandra Ndebele, Lady Squanda and Shingisai Siluma are some of the female musicians who have been doing well.

The daughter of superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Selmor, has also joined the bandwagon of female musicians that are holding their own in the arts sector. She is presently in the studio working on a new album that will be released soon.

In an interview recently, she revealed that the new project was her own making.

"This time around, we have decided to separate musically, so I am going to work alone, even though Tendai (her husband) is my producer. But this new album is my sole project," she said.

She said the album gives voice to the issues in her life.

The album, which she said would have no less than 10 tracks, will give her fans an opportunity to assess her maturity in the arts.

"We tend to change as we progress but the tracks I am sure of are, 'Rudo Hwai?', 'Ndinochengetwa naMwari', 'Anokuda chaiye'. As you can see I am trying to get to the truth of my social life," Selmor said.

On the song "Rudo Hwai?" she tries to get to the bottom of the meaning of love. She said she was hungry and thirsty of love not from her husband, but within the social realm. "Ndinochengetwa naMwari" and "Anokuda Chaiye" reveal the assurance people have when they put trust in God.

She assured her fans that the latest album would be a well-polished product.

"There is a lot of maturity to be shown in the album. It reveals progress I have made musically and who I am," she said.

She paid tribute to her husband.

"He has been supporting and he continues to nurture my career. I am not out there to prove myself but to show that as a woman I can achieve as much," she said.

Commenting on the album Tendai Manatsa said it was a wholesome product that is expected to push Selmor's ratings on the local market.

"This album is going to show people who Selmor is. They should listen to her and we have decided to release it a bit later since there is pressure as we approach the festive season," said Tendai.

Before forming with her own group in 2005, Selmor played with a number of artistes that included Tanga WekwaSando, Pax Afro and her Oliver Mtukudzi.

Her album "Shungu" features unique reinterpretations of music by Steve Makoni and Tuku.

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