Prison officer Memory Chinamasa launches album

Arron Nyamayaro

MUSIC producer and multi-instrumentalist, Clive “Mono” Mukundu, added his talent to the launch of prison officer, Memory Chinamasa’s album titled My Motherland at Harare Central Prison Mess on Friday.

The five-track album was launched in the presence of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services brand ambassador, Assistant Commissioner Suluman Chimbetu. 

Former Mt Pleasant legislator Jason Passade, who launched the album, praised the power of music for healing, prophecy and unity. 

Passade also recounted Chinamasa’s journey from her desire to join Assegai Crew in 1997 to becoming a successful actress and musician.

“Music unites people, and when used in praise and worship, it heals the land. When in sorrow, music brings happiness.

“Today we are celebrating the launch of a new album composed by Memory, popularly known as Yaya Saru.

“When she expressed her burning desire to join Assegai Crew in 1997 as a singer, her father would not allow her.

“He advised her to pursue education first as she was only 15. She, however, did not lose heart.

“The 41-year-old artist is now an established actress and musician, aiming to break international ground with her silky voice and unique lyric-writing skills,” said Passade.

Yaya Saru released her debut single, Mutima Wako in 2012.

She composed another single, Maputseni, which was produced by Mono Mukundu, before she collaborated with Jah Prayzah on the song Chengetedza Hupenyu.

She went on to record a love song, Ndinokusuwa, before releasing another song, Bata, which won the hearts of many. She became popular after releasing a plug track, Jongwe Rangu, released in 2021.

Ass-Comm Chimbetu joined Yaya Saru on stage for the song Jongwe Rangu with Mono on lead guitar.

Tina Watyoka and Mazwi were the supporting artists.

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