28 January 2013

Zimbabwe: New Artistes Aim for the Top

It is clear that some new artistes are determined to make a lasting mark on the local music scene judging from the amount of hard work they are putting into producing quality albums. Liberty Ticharwa - "Maimbiro Edenga"

Hillside-based recording stable Revival Studios is gradually becoming synonymous with quality work from budding musicians. One such youthful musician is none other than Liberty Ticharwa, who has released a new album titled "Maimbiro Edenga".

The young singer is endowed with a polished voice, good composition skills coupled with crafty instrumentation played by seasoned instrumentalists Forward Mazaruse of Revival Studios as well as Blessing Mchenga.

Ironically, Mazaruse and Mchenga co-produced the album, thus lending a golden touch to it. The album kicks off with the track, "Maimbiro Edenga" which talks about the gifts that come from God to those who believe in Him.

This message is further cemented in the next track, "Jesu Inhovo", about how Jesus Christ as the Son of God is the only shelter from the storms of the world and the only way to heaven.

"Let's Reason" is derived from a verse in the Bible where Jesus Christ calls upon people to come and reason with him if they want to receive salvation.

If you are one of those people who doubt the power of God and Jesus in delivering the world from the clutches and machinations of the devil, then the track "Ishe Vanozvigona" tells it all.

Believers are declared as victors on earth in the song "Vakundi", while "Moyo Wangu", "Ephata" and "Moyo Wangu Instrumental" make up the rest of the playlist.

Liberty paid tribute to one Mr and Mrs Ticharwa, Mrs V. Dube, Reverend Masinire, Maxwell Fazani and Fletcher High School.

Savison and Terrence Machetu - "Ramangwana Rangu"

It is not easy for a new group to enter the music scene with so much promise and these two brothers, Savison and Terrence, to have done it with a vengeance. Backed by the Voices of Victory outfit, which comprises music ace Nigel Barangiro, the duo has released an audio as well as DVD versions of their debut offering titled "Ramangwana Rangu".

As the title suggests, it is hint at how no one knows what the future holds for them but God alone.

This is the reason why one should make an impact in the short space of time they walk the face of the earth and also make good use of this time by repenting and living according to God's ways.

This is the gist in the opening song, "Pamazuva Mashoma", while "Mbiri Nekukudzwa" puts across the essence of praising and worshipping God.

How Jesus is King above all powers that might want to claim dominion over both heaven and earth is explained in the track, "Jesu Mutungamiri", while heaven is described as paradise in "Kune Musha".

One good thing about Savison and Terrence is their ability to focus on the positive side of receiving Jesus Christ in one's life, like what the last three songs, "Hossana," "Ndichadana" and "Denga Rizere" make clear.

The DVD is also something to look forward to as the background, choreography, costumes, dramatisation and picture quality are awesome. If the duo maintains this standard, then are bound to stay in the game for a long time.

Benjamin Chidewe - "Chitubu"

Here is one good afro-jazz artiste who has made a big mark for himself in a short space of time that he has been in the music industry.

No wonder popular jazz joint Jazz 105 in Harare has expressed interest in working with him and patrons at the joint have had a chance to listen to his album "Chitubu".

The matrix-loaded 19-track offering touches on a variety of subjects and issues that people encounter in their day to day lives.

If you are one who is a romantic at heart, want inspiration to move forward in life, loss of beloved ones owing to death, sickness or social advice, then this album is for you.

Chidewe is gifted with a poetic flair that enriches his music, thus making it appealing to a cross-section of listeners of different age groups.

The title track talks about how the heart is the well-spring of love, and it is closer in meaning to "Zvachose" in which a lover making a bold declaration of his or her love to a beloved one.

"Unondichengetedza" is premised on the faith that partners are meant to care and look after each other in life, although this song is dedicated to women.

The devastating loss that the music fraternity and Zimbabwe at large suffered following the death of musicians Tongai Moyo, Prince Tendai Mupfurutsa and Sam Mtukudzi is captured touchingly in the tracks "Waenda" and "Zvasarire Isu".

Chidewe laments this big gap which he says is difficult to fill. The album, that was recorded at Revival Studios and produced by Forward Mazaruse, is enhanced by the inclusion of talented artistes like Yappie Banton, Nancy Mtize, Tafadzwanashe and Mazaruse himself.

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