1 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Tanga Wekwasando Eyes Comeback

Township jazz master Tanga WekwaSando says he is eyeing a major comeback in 2013. Speaking on the sidelines of a rare appearance in Sanyati, the jazz crooner said he had taken a break to focus on other businesses.

"I was doing other things to eke out a living and I took a long break but I think 2013 will be my year. I want to reclaim the lost glory," he said.

Tanga also said he was happy with most of his former backing vocalists who are now making headlines as solo artistes.

"I groomed a lot of female artistes and I am happy they are now doing their own things. Look at Diana Samkange, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana and Ruth Mbangwa, they are now household names in the music industry," he said.

In a year the Zimbabwean soccer team faltered at the last hurdle and failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa later this month, the veteran musician said although he was disappointed by the Warrior's predicament, he will continue to sing his hit song "Vakomana Vekwedu".

The song was very popular during the "Dream Team" days when the National Sports Stadium was a fortress for the Zimbabwean senior soccer team and hardly a visiting side would go out unscathed in the stadium.

"When I composed the song, our national team was making us proud. The song was a darling to many but now because of the team's (Warriors) recent slump in form, the song has lost its meaning but I will continue to sing it to boost the morale of both the team and the fans," he said.

The year 2012 was a difficult year for the musician, who used to be the epitome of flamboyance.

In November last year, Tanga was issued with a warrant of execution of property by the Harare Civil Court after defaulting on payment of US$1 122 he owed to Southbay Real Estate (Private) Limited.

Tanga was ordered to pay US$2 025 including judgment debts, messenger fees for execution, costs and issuing of a warrant.

Born Ernest Tanga Kambadzo Sando, the township jazz crooner cut his teeth playing in numerous bands, including the Harare Mambos, before striking out on his own.

He released his first solo album, "Wake" in 2000 under the moniker Tanga Wekwa Sando.

"Wake" was a critical success followed by other hits such as "Paidamoyo", "Nyenyedzi" and "Buhera."

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