The Herald (Harare)

25 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Diamond Musica Resumes Shows

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Rhumba group Diamond Musica (The New Image) resumes shows this weekend starting off with a gig at Roots of Africa tonight and another at Club Aok in Domboshawa tomorrow night. Diamond Musica relaunched itself last year led by the charismatic singer and dancer Pitschou Lumiere and they have been steadily building a firm fanbase.

In an interview, Lumiere said they were starting live shows this weekend after a long deserved break.

"We are back on stage and raring to do our thing. There is going to be lots of entertainment and we promise to keep the fire burning," he said.

Comprising musicians from both Zimbabwe and the DRC, the group seeks to bring back the good old days when rhumba music was big in the country.

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. Besides "Amataki naMoto", Diamond Music have another dance called "Akapfeka Mini Skirt" which is still causing waves in the pubs and clubs around the capital.

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 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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