Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
NICHOLAS Somerai has finally cleared the air why he put on hold the release of yesteryear chart-topper Mudiwa Wangu he had produced on a sungura flair featuring Madzibaba Nicholas Zakaria.
The South Africa based crooner said fans demanded that the original yesteryear hit be first uploaded online for sales before being redone in another version.
“Following the breaking of the story of the fact that I am doing a version of ‘Mudiwa Wangu’, vanhu vakajamuka pa social media yangu kuti varikuda original yacho ye ‘ Mudiwa Wangu’ because it has not been available on social platforms for sale . Ndakabva ndangoti who am I to refuse ‘Zvido zvevanhu’ which I followed,” said Somerai.
However, the Masvingo born singer said he decided to do another collaboration featuring Madzibaba titled Airtime Yangu due for release this Friday.
He also opened up on the time frame he took working on the new collaboration.
“It took three sessions of almost four hours each which totals 12 working hours. If you add the mixing easily we put in some good 20-many hours into this song,” he said.
Somerai who is now a household name across the Limpopo urged fellow musicians to invest in collaborations, an in-thing nowadays.
“Collaborations are an excellent way of getting to understand different artistes’ genre of music and demonstrating versatility
“It’s a show of respect of each other’s craft and I have great respect of Mr. Zakaria’s craft as much as I think that he also respects mine.
“Collaborations also get our respective fans to at least listen to our respective music genres and appreciate the craft that goes into these different music styles,” he added.
In another interview, Madzibaba’s manager and publicist Lazarus Zakaria confirmed their collaboration with Somerai saying they were open to work with anyone.
“At our camp we don’t have problems engaging people who want to work with us in as far as polished projects are concerned.
“By collaborating with other artistes, we get to understand each other better and in the case of Madzibaba, he has been working and mentoring several artistes for decades.
“This is how he earned the moniker Senior Lecturer, a title he holds with pride and honour,” he said.
Last month, Madzibaba collaborated with Simon Mutambi, Jah Signal, Gwanda bred singer Thembinkosi “Master Zhoe” Zhou and Lifebouy.
He has since acquired a stand to build an arts centre in Chitungwiza to fulfil his dream.