Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
MUSICIAN First Farai says he remains committed to serving his fans despite the Covid-19 lockdown taking its toll on fellow musicians.
The 43-year-old is currently busy in the studio putting final touches on his 19th album due for release before mid-May.
Titled Hurudza Haivhunduke Zhizha, the six tracks were recorded at Trutone Studios under the aegis of Jabulani Ndlovu.
According to the burly and energetic performer, his album carries six lyrically rich songs namely Vhivanhu Hachitizike, Ndachinja Munamato, Vana Muzvina Pembe, Muchengeti, Ndenewe Muhana and Kudanana Neakasviba Moyo.
In an interview with H-Metro, the Hurudza Express leader assured fans that he was reinventing sungura music.
“I have been working on this album with the help of my sponsors comprising Dr Johannes Marisa of Westview Clinics.
“He has been my main sponsor over the years and on many occasions bailing us.
“We will remain committed to people like Dr Maraisa who want us to be professional,” he said.
The Chinhoyi bred singer, who last recorded an album in 2019, said he still has unfinished business in as far as visuals are concerned.
“In my previous album Dzinodhonza Ngoro released in 2019 although it was meant to be a 2020 production, we will continue shooting some of the videos.
“In fact, we were in the process of shooting the vide of the song Dzinodhonza Ngoro but we could not continue owing to the Covid-19 lockdown.
“We would have loved to continue doing musical videos but the situation was beyond our control,” he said.
On this album, he worked with his reliable team of Willard Lot who played the lead guitar, Emmanuel Mupariwa (rhythm), Emmanuel Sajeni (bass guitar) and drummer Moses Masangano.
Besides the forth-coming Hurudza Haivhunduke Zhizha, he boasts of a rich catalogue of albums.
These comporise Dzinodhonza released in 2019, Chandengenda – Earthquake, Zvandakuitirai Izvi (2002), Zvipo Netariro (2003), Maximum Voltage (2005), Tiritose Mundima Machinda (2006), Mbanga Mbanga (2007/8), Ngingo Ngingo (2009), Dinga Tinga Experience (2010), Huhwada Experience (2011), Pahasha Love Market (2013) and Mukonon’ono released in 2015.
He also married to Liliosa Kaputa and the couple is blessed with three children Kirk, Kayla and Kiara.
Besides music, First Farai is also a spare parts dealer and farmer even though he has not been spared by the Covid-19 lockdown.
This year, said the consistent sungura artiste, he recorded a low yield owing to financial constraints which affected his operations.