4 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Jennifer Maneni Releases Second Album

Rising gospel diva Jennifer Maneni has released her much-awaited second album. The album is entitled "Total Recovery". It has eight tracks which include "Umire Papi?", "Tatenda", "Ndisesedzei", "Kubata

Bata", "Amai" featuring Jonathan Mugazi, "Simbarinoshamisa", "Talitha Cumi", and "Mumweya Nemuzvokwadi".

Listening to her music reveals that she is blessed with a good voice with many unique features.

There is maturity and motivation in her choice of words which tempts one to think that she is already an expert in the music industry.

Jennifer said the song "Amai" was a dedication to all mothers for their unshakeable love and commitment they show in fending for the family despite facing challenges.

She acknowledges the support of Norman "Dhara Nodza" Tapambwa of the "Ziso Rangu" fame who helped her to reach where she is now.

"He was my producer on this album and he also took part on the bass, lead and rhythm guitars and my fans will see taste a difference," said Jenny.

She first came into the limelight in 2009 with her debut album, "Fambai Neni".

Having faced many problems from the previous album, Jenny said perseverance has helped her to get where she is now.

"I have been quiet all along because I had no intentions of getting back into the studio because of the challenges I faced from my previous album," said Maneni.

The "Handimomira Kunamata" hitmaker said most upcoming artistes remain dormant due to failure by recording companies to market their songs.

"I dumped ZMC and decided to go to Shed Studios hoping that they will adequately distribute my new baby," she said.

Jennifer is a seasoned musician who has worked with the likes of Mercy Mutsvene, Don Chibaya and Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave with whom she performed as a backing vocalist.

"I got the inspiration from my fans and relatives this year to get back into the studio," she said.

Jennifer, who has already shown that she is a talented artiste with good voice intonation, has been a backing vocalist for years, something that spurred her to start working on her own musical projects.

"I worked for some time as a backing vocalist for Chibaya and I have also been doing the same for Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave," she said.

Jennifer, who is passionate about music, started singing while she was in secondary school as attested by her participation in the school choir.

Even after finishing school, she continued to nurture her passion, a development that saw her joining different musical outfits so that she could further develop her vocals.

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