Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
PINT-SIZED jazz crooner Batsirai Shasha says he gets all his strength from his mother who is running his affairs.
Batsi, who recently appeared on ZTN’s popular soccer programme The Couch, says he has never looked back after that exposure.
Although he plays in most upmarket restaurants and pubs in the capital and its environs, Batsi – as the multi-instrumentalist is fondly known – says his mother remains a pillar in his career.
At only 23, his services has been in demand with several top artistes in the game who need his expertise.
He is both a good recording artiste and session musician.
Top jazz crooners Victor Kunonga, Alexio Kawara, Diana Samkange, Progress Chipfumo and Andy Muridzo are some big names who enjoy working with him both in the studio and on stage.
According to his management, Batsi is currently in the studio working on his second album titled Hombarume due for release on March 27.
As a teaser to the new album, Batsi has since released a love track titled Tsvarakadenga featuring Andy Muridzo.
And for the instant success of the refreshing single featuring Baba Keketso, he owes it to his mother who brokered the deal.
“My mother is the one running my affairs, I really love her for the support she has been giving me.
“It’s also nice working with him and we really clique.
“We also work together at her church in Mufakose where I plays instruments,” he said.
Batsi said his mother has also recommended other top artistes that he should work with.
“I always look up to other artistes in the game especially top artistes that my mother recommends.
“There are some artistes like Progress Chipfumo, Andy Muridzo and Alexio Kawara who genuinely give me tips to make it in the game,” he added.
In another interview, Batsi’s mother – Florence Chaurira – said she was pleased by her son’s progress.
“I’m the one who is running his affairs and I am glad by the progress he is doing.
“In a matter of weeks, it will officially be two years since emerging Batsirai Shasha released his debut album, a gospel compilation entitled ‘First of Many’.
“He has released a single here and there, and done a few collaborations in that time, most notably, his duet, ‘Tsviyo Tsviyo’ featuring Diana Samkange, ‘Ndiye Muroora’, with Alexio Kawara and the much-anticipated Valentine song collaboration with Andy Muridzo which was released last Friday.
“Shasha, has shifted his career another gear and is finally ready to release his highly-anticipated new album.
“He has been busy in the studio working with new producers on his second album, Hombarume, billed for release on the 27th of March.
“’With the new album, he will be revealing a new side of himself: the Afro Jazz maestro.
“Shasha can be seen week in week out performing live at corporate events, family occasions and working the bar and club scene
“Shasha has recently taken to social media to announce the up-coming release and also to tease a gospel collaboration with ‘Madam Boss’, Tyra Chikozho which is sure to delight fans of both performers,” said the mother.
To show his love for his mother, he has released a single titled Ndinotenda Amai dedicated to her.
He has also managed to win hearts of many jazz lovers with his single and he has been performing both locally and beyond our borders.
Backed by Mtaka Band, Batsi has been holding a series of sold out shows in the capital and its environs.
Largely inspired by Ringo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Hugh Masakela, the Midlands State University graduate is destined for stars.