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Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
LONG-SERVING 3rd Generation Band member, Blessing “Mazunza” Moyo, has officially quit Jah Prayzah’s outfit after 13 years.
Mazunza, whose flirtation with the multi-awarding star ended in recent weeks, is now focusing on his Highfield based studio, Mutinhimira Records Studios (MRS).
The 37-year-old told H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle that work commitments at MRS stable needed much attention that he decided to quit 3rd Generation Band.
“I have been working with Jah Prayzah for the past 13 fruitful years but there comes a time when one needs to explore other things.
“Over the years, I have been working hard to establish my studio called Mutinhimira which has weaned off both seasoned and upcoming artistes including Andy Muridzo although some artistes don’t give credit at times.
“I realised that age was no longer on my side so I decided to put together a studio where I can record young artistes and give them exposure.
“With Covid-19 in our midst, I decided that it was better that I take a gamble and be my own man because I didn’t want to remain in the comfort zone,” he said.
Mazunza, who has extensively toured Europe, North America and Australia with Jah Prayzah, said he will be open to assist his former paymaster’s camp on consultation basis.
“If Jah Prayzah’s handlers need my expertise, I will be available but I won’t be a full time employee as I used to do over the years because I have since started my own stable.
“There is nothing wrong with artistes exploring other avenues and I feel blessed to have worked with an amazing team.
“They have also been supportive to me and I am happy for my contribution at 3rd Generation Band,” he said.
Asked what he benefitted as a severance token from Jah Prayzah’s camp, Mazunza said:
“Materially, there is nothing that I can say I got as a severance package but the experience I got was enough.
“As you know, in local showbiz you cannot expect an exit package when you leave a band because there wasn’t anything in black and white.
“I’m happy that I am now my own man and I would like to urge JP and his team the best of lucky.
“On that note, I would like to make it clear that I wasn’t part of the production team on his latest album Gwara but I am happy with the quality,” he said.
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As an independent producer, Mazunza said he was steadily building his empire to meet international stands.
He said was doing both digital and analogue recording at the stable to cater for a diversy array of artistes’ needs.
“To date, I am working mainly with youngsters in various genres like Zim Hip Hop, dancehall, Afro-fusion, trade and even sungura.
“Some of the high profile names that have pending albums with comprise Leversy Matamba and Jean Masters while a host of other upcoming artistes like Garfield (Zim Hip Hop), Banger Bantan (Zim dancehall), Trishta (Afrofusion), Mutsawashe Nyandoro (Afrofusion), Whisper Tee (Zimdancehall), Shuvai Tugwete (gospel), Biscy Lee (Zim dancehall), T-Shadow, producer Triple Star and Mutare based singer Attraction are part of the stable.
“The advantage of dealing with upcoming artistes is that most of them are focused and we also give them binding contracts so that we professionalise things unlike most seasoned artistes who don’t want to put pen to paper,” he said.
He however expressed his disappointed over drug and alcohol abuse which has seen career of other upcoming artistes suffering stunted growth.
“As a producer, I now do more than recordings to assist most youths who visit the studio.
“One of the major challenges I have is to assist youngsters to quit drugs as some of them think they can perform or sing better under the influence of alcohol.
“On several occasions, I turn away some youngsters who come to the studio intoxicated because I don’t want them to abuse drugs.
“We also hold counselling sessions and I am glad that some of them have taken our advice seriously and it’s a matter of time before they become household names,” he said.
Mazunza conceded that he was not spared by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic hurting the creative sector.
“It’s no secret that we are in living under difficult times but life still goes on for us in this field.
“The major challenge we face as producers is that the majority of upcoming artistes can’t raise the required recording fees which prompt us to end up doing charity work.
“It’s sad that we can’t turn away talented and focused musicians who don’t have the means but we sometimes do charity.
“We need their money for rentals we pay and general maintenance of the studio otherwise we risk folding or scaling down on operations,” added.
Meanwhile, Mazunza urged fellow musicians to devise other means of survival on Covid-19 induced lockdown.
“To be honest we need to think outside the box as artistes and try other means to survive because our sector remains closed,” he added.