NEW MBIRA GROUP IMPRESSES

Nyasha Kada

NEW mbira outfit, Madzinza Embira, put up a fine performance last Friday night when they performed before a full house at Eland Nyashanu in Braeside.

The 10-man band churned out popular mbira cover hit songs like Chaminuka Ndimambo, Jah Prayzah’s Goto, Nyoka Musungo by Thomas Mapfumo, as well as some from their compositions from their debut forthcoming album titled Mwedzi Muchena.

The album, which is near completion, will carry tracks like Jompanj, Nhamo Yamakandipa, Zin’anga and the title track Mwedzi Muchena.

“We are very excited to be attracting such a good crowd, it means a lot.

“Many people miss mbira entertainment and we are here to fulfil those needs.

“We are grateful for the support and wish to extend our gratitude to everyone who attends our shows.

“We aim to see that mbira gets back into the limelight and commands a huge following just like back in the days,” said band manager Daniel “Danman” Machakanja.

Machakanja, a former manager of dancehall stars Kinnah and the late Jah Love, said they have since made Eland Nyashanu their home and will be performing at the spot every Friday.

The group is led by Munetsi Mapinyi, who is the lead vocalist and plays lead mbira, as well as Takudzwa Masakwa a vocalist and rhythm mbira player.

“Our group is made up of relatives hence the name ‘Madzinza Embira.’”

“In our group, we are all related and we all come from Mhondoro.

“Our tribe is known for mbira music in Mhondoro and so most of us, within the bloodline, were taught the art of playing and making mbira when we were growing up.

“It’s a great advantage for us to work as an extended family because we all know each other and have the same roots.

“It helps us connect better and make good music with meaning, feeling and healing which is what mbira music is all about,” said Masakwa.

The group has since recorded two songs with Tryson Chimbetu titled Zimbabwe Ndeye Ropa and Zviri Nani Ndiende Kure, which have already been released.

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