The Herald (Harare)

31 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Diamond Musica to Set Red Fox Hotel Alight

Diamond musica mapenzi ( Resource: Diamond Musica - Mapenzi

Rhumba group Diamond Musica is billed to perform tonight at Red Fox Hotel followed by another show at Chez Ntemba tomorrow. The fiery outfit, who has been holding shows every week since regrouping earlier this year, will usher rhumba music lovers into the New Year with a gig that promises nothing but the best in song and dance.

And for the Chez Ntemba gig the group will perform live at the club which is hugely popular for playing rhumba music.

The all-new Diamond Musica comprises 14 members and led by the charismatic Pitshou Lumiere.

According to Lumiere, the gig is a must-attend as it will mark a new beginning for the group.

"This is the show you don't want to miss if you love rhumba music. There is so much in store and we are not going to break but perform non-stop. We have been preparing ourselves for the gig and now we are ready to do our thing," he said.

At the moment there is not one band that can deliver rhumba music like Diamond Musica.

Comprising two Zimbabwean guitarists, and others from the DRC, the group believes it's the next big thing to happen on the music scene. Currently, the group is working on its first studio album after years of absence.

Their latest dance "Amataki naMoto", which means riding a motorbike, has taken the club scene by storm as well as "Akapfeka Mini-skirt" which is still causing a buzz. Lumiere, who is originally from the Bandundu Province in DRC, has been living in Zimbabwe as a member of the original Diamond Musica alongside veteran lead guitarist Eliston Shaka Zulu.

However, he left the group to form Rhumba La Musica in 1992. The band has since recorded two albums - "Experience" and "Tout Va Bien", which featured Shaka Zulu on lead guitar.

"Experience" did well in the United Kingdom, France and East Africa.

All the songs were composed and arranged by Lumiere, who sings a combination of zouk, afro-jazz and ngwasuma popularly known in Southern Africa as kwasa kwasa.

Part of Lumiere's allure is that he has a voice that reminds many of his days with the original Diamond Musica, yet the sound could rival that of any rhumba musician.

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