27 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Selmor Launches Album Tonight

SELMOR MTUKUDZI is set to launch herself as a solo performer today with a new album called "Expressions" at the Zimbabwe German Society starting at 6pm. The sultry singer opens up about her personal life as a child, mother as well as wife to fellow artiste Tendai Manatsa.

But the excitement does not end there, as one of the daughters of superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Selmor also hints at growing up in a broken family and living with her mother.

Those who are going to attend the album launch will be the first ones to hear all about her life experiences through song as well as explanations before, during after the performance.

Already, the first single "Nguva Yangu" has endeared Selmor to her fans having recorded a number of albums alongside her husband Tendai this time she does not need handlers leading her way.

She has a very fine and incomparable voice that has proved to be a well-recognised brand. In addition to her vocal talent, she has mastered the art of playing hosho and mbira which is complemented by her mhande dance moves.

The third daughter in her family, she started singing at the tender age of 10 which saw her appearing in local films and dramas such as "I Am The Future".

She has performed with local jazz bands such as Tanga WekwaSando, Kwekwe, Jabavu Drive and Pax Afro and shared the stage with international artistes like Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Tsepo Tshola.

Selmor has toured various countries such as the United Kingdom, Finland, Namibia and South Africa.

Her marriage to Tendai, who also comes from a rich musical background as one of the sons of the legendary Zexie Manatsa, in a way sealed her musical family.

The couple has three children who are already proving to be musically talented.

Against this background, music is the daily bread of the family which unites them and has been a platform for them to build their music careers.

Selmor had been working closely with her husband until December 2012 when they decided to go solo to explore more musically that is.

Her new sound has a solid base with an inclusion of African instruments such as mbira and marimba.

It has been 10 years since she started singing and her latest album is testament to how she has planted herself on fertile ground for unbridled growth.

Apart from music, Selmor is passionate about uplifting the girl child especially those from broken families who are crying out for assistance, but not being heard.

She has taken a stand to encourage children to become stronger people in society and grab every good opportunity that comes their way.

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