The Herald (Harare)

6 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Mamvura Releases Fourth Album

One of Zimbabwe's fast emerging afro-centric musicians, Andrew Mamvura of the Ethnic Posse, has released his fourth album. The new project is titled "Unchained" and he worked on it with one of the country's talented but unsung musicians, Ian Bakke.

It has 12 songs, which include "Kana Nguva Yaenda", "Kuziva Munhu", "Save Earth (Takundikana)", "Kuzvarwa Mwana Benzi", "Ndinodada Newe" (acoustic), "Upenyu", "Runyararo", "Shanda", "Sarudzai", "Ndinodada Newe" (full version), "Love is Light" and "I Love You".

Afro-centric is a type of music centred on or derived from Africa's cultural and social standing.

Mamvura, like most artistes who compile the songs from afrocentric persuasion, said his type of music cuts across different genres.

"There is a fusion of reggae, rhumba and jazz. We took a lot of jazz elements from abroad after we collaborated with a Norwegian artiste Cecilie Giskemo," said Mamvura.

Giskemo featured on five tracks -- "Save Earth", "Shanda", "Love is Light", "Sarudzai" and "Ndinodada Newe".

On the song "Kuziva Munhu", he touches on issues from his personal experience.

"That song is based on what I encountered with people whom I trusted.

"I learnt that people usually pretend, so there is need to interact for a long time with someone and never be a witness on issues you have no evidence," said Andrew.

The third song reveals failure of parents to leave a legacy for their children.

"Looking on the global perspective, problems emanate from us adults for failing to open avenues for our children to prosper.

"This is because we are plundering resources," he said.

On the fourth song the artiste reveals lamentation of a parent who is exposed to a lot of shame and disgrace.

"Usually parents regrets having children because when others receive blessings they will be receiving shame," he said.

The "Ndichagara Ndega" hitmaker has three albums to his name, which include "Pasina Iwe", which hit the airwaves with song "Maggie naMaria", "Sei?" and "Iwe Neni".

At one time he collaborated with the late Andy Brown, Oliver Mtukudzi, Too Open and Joseph Garakara.

Having been into music for almost 16 years, Mamvura acknowledges that his latest album is his best musical project to date.

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