20 January 2019

Zimbabwe: Sungura Here to Stay, Says Mutani

Sungura musician Obvious Mutani says his latest offering titled Crusamento is doing wonders on the local music scene, a month after it was released.

Crusamento is Mutani's eleventh album and the musician feels sungura music is here to stay considering that other genres have fallen by the wayside over the years.

"Some of these genres like Zimdancehall are 'perfume music' and fade over time, but sungura has stood the test of time. We had kwasa-kwasa, rhumba and even pansula which originated from South Africa rocking our local waves, but they are all gone but sungura is still going strong," Mutani said.

His latest album carries a track titled Wenyasha, which Mutani co-composed with Cossy Rules.

"The song is a gospel-flavoured tune that I wrote alongside Cossy Rules and it's dedicated to Cossy's child, hence the title Wenyasha," he said.

"I am more of a social commentator, I sing about issues that affect society and honestly my message is powerful. I have a unique way of compiling songs and that makes me a better musician compared to other sungura singers."

Mutani's six-track album, which is proving popular on local radio stations, has songs such as Ari Kutonga, Fudzamombe, Hauvati Kudhoo, Wenyasha, Mhanya Neshasha and Kiti Chena.

The artiste, who marked his entrance into the music industry with the album Marudzi Dananai in 2007, says he is happy that his music has gone beyond the borders.

"Apart from my huge local fan base, my music is proving popular in Mozambique where I have been regularly holding shows. I want to stretch my fan base to even reach East Africa," he said.

Mutani's albums Obrigado (2015), MaRasta Haapotse (2013) and Musagumbura Madzimai (2014) were instant hits on local radio. His other albums include Rufaro Kwamuri released in 2010 and Toisa Kuvanhu (2009).

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