Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
MUTARE based sungura artiste and transporter Brian Samaita has released his seventh album which he dedicated to his late father.
His father, Lameck Mudadi Runganga, died in September last year aged 88, a loss he is still reeling from.
Titled Kwaive Kusaziva, the album carries five songs namely Wandaivimba Naye, Misikidzo, Shinga, Tauya Kuzomutenda and the title track, which he dedicated to his latest father.
It was recorded at Trutone Studios and mixed by veteran producer Bothwell Nyamhondera.
In an interview with H-Metro, the Eastern Igwe – as the lead guitarist is fondly known – said he was living his dream.
“I have been working on this album with Harare based session musicians and the album will be released on Monday the 29th since all the logistic have been done.
“The title track is a tribute to my late father who died last year and we are still missing him since he was my mentor.
“He taught me lot of things ranging from Ubuntu, hard work to respect and this was the only way I can remember him.
“Initially, I wanted to record it last year but I couldn’t due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
To date, Samaita has recorded seven albums to his name.
These comprise Nemiwo Munazvo, Murodzi Wepfungwa, Tsono, Kumaziva Ndadzoka, Ndafunga Dembo released in 2019 and Kwaive Kusaziva.
A close friend to the late Tongai Moyo, the Eastern Igwe commands a huge following in Manicaland and beond.
He is also credited for mentoring upcoming upcoming artistes among them Obert Tongai Moyo Junior who once stayed with him in Mutare.
Samaita is on record saying he will continue assisting Dhewa’s children if they need his expertise since he was close to the late Ukatayaka Express founder.