The Herald (Harare)

14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Chipfumo Off to SA

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Progress Chipfumo

Musician Progress Chipfumo is set to perform his first show in South Africa this Saturday. Chipfumo would be performing at Liquid Night Club in Cape Town.Proud Zimbo Wear, a clothing line, has facilitated Chipfumo's trip.An elated Chipfumo said it was an honour to thrill his South African- based fans.

"There are a lot of Zimbabweans living in South Africa and a lot of them follow my music. This will be an honour to perform in that country. I am promising a good show," said Chipfumo.Proud Zimbo Wear founder Joe Mavasa said everything was sorted for Chipfumo.

"We are still basking in the successfully hosting of Freeman and he had a good show here. Chipfumo has been in the music industry for a while now and we are hoping he will have a good show too," said Mavasa.

Wielding his hardcore attitude and creativity skills, Chipfumo is undoubtedly one of the best guitarists that Zimbabwe currently has. From the time he released his debut album, "Progress Report", after leaving the Portia Gwanzura-led Hohodza Band, he has continued to rise steadily.

Three other equally good albums followed earning him a place among some of the country's renowned musicians.

It was actually his fourth album, "Tsiurika", which clearly showed that Chipfumo was indeed a talented guitarist and composer, whose lyrics were didactic while at the same time pointing out social ills that continue to haunt the nation.

While it has taken Chipfumo longer than necessary to enjoy the fruits of his sweat by playing at corporate functions, holding regional and international shows, the dream is close to being realised, judging by the respect he now commands from other artistes and fans.

This could be Chipfumo's moment to show the world that like a good wine he is maturing with age.

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