15 August 2018
Masvingo has produced another musician in Obert Óby’ Chari who has shocked the airwaves with hit song Melo (Kwandi Hakuna Network).
The 29-year-old musician, who has been a linchpin in ZCC music band at Mbungo in Bikita, has spread wings to secular music and his first production has made him a darling to many.
His album Mariyambutsa, which carries the hit Melo, seems to have catapulted the former Midlands State University African Languages & Culture student and his Harikeni Stars to greatness in no time.
The song Mebo has lyrics which go:
“Kupfeka kwangu hakuna match ndiri chipfeka bhero, phone yangu hayina App kambudzi mee mee,
And the girl Mebo replies saying, “Ndinongokuda waka daro ufungewo Oby.”
Speaking to H-Metro Oby, who is a dedicated Zionist at Mbungo, said he started recording in 2012 at Mbungo Studios in Masvingo where his talent was discovered.
“I have four albums with Ngoma of 2012, Vaporofita Venhema in 2015, Mariyambutsa in 2017 and Wanganela released this year.
“I have two video albums called Ngoma Yababa and Mariyambutsa which I released this year and they are doing very well.
“I am happy that I have begun to be recognized and my song Mebo is doing very well.
“I wish I could do better but this is my deepest cut so far considering the response the song is getting from fans and airplay,” said Obert.
Obert’s cousin Francis Chari, 31, has been Obert’s pillar in his music career.
“It means nothing to buy three cars at the time your brother is a pedestrian; look now God is answering.
“Oby might end up being an institute employing many family members like Mahomed Mussa today.
“Oby is talented so we should starve ourselves to support him so that he gets to his full potential,” said Chari.
Masvingo is known for producing some greats in Jonah Moyo of the Solo naMutsai fame, visually impaired wordsmith Paul Matavire and another visually impaired musician Chamunorwa Nebeta as well as urban grooves pioneers Decibel and Uncle Jahunda. Comedian Vharazipi is also among the greats.