No unity among musicians: Cruz

A South African-based Zimbabwean music producer and promoter, Cruz Moyo, has blamed the lack of representation from Matabeleland on a lack of unity among musicians.

Cruz Moyo has hopes of seeing Matabeleland-based artists succeed.
Cruz Moyo has hopes of seeing Matabeleland-based artists succeed.

Many artists from the country’s western region complain that their productions are sidelined, but Moyo, the man behind new Bulawayo dancehall queen – Viviane, this week said there would be no change to that unless musicians united.

“It is very true that music from the Matabeleland region is not as high up as it should be in the national and regional ladder, but in a way, we are also to blame as musicians,” said Moyo.

“There is lack of knowledge on how to market our own music, a lack of seriousness in most musicians from our region, who are still failing to believe that music is something they can live on, while there is also a lot of disunity among musicians from the region.”

Moyo, who was assisted in his early stages in the industry by his uncle Collen “Skhulu” Moyo of Ndolwane Super Sounds, and rising Rumba musician, Allen Ndoda, said his ultimate aim as a producer was to change see musicians from Matabeleland step up to the national competitive challenge.

Already, Moyo’s protégé, Viviane, has won national acclaim by getting appreciation in South Africa, Bulawayo and Harare where she is currently on tour. Viviane, a former dancer for Ndoda, plays Kwasa-house, a combination of the popular Kwasa-kwasa music of the DRC and the top South African genre, which is very popular with the modern youth.

Her album, Nomakanjani, has already become a hit in both Zimbabwe and South Africa and Moyo wants to build on that.

“Viviane performed in Bulawayo en-route to Harare, where she was supposed to stay for a week, but due to the rising demand for her performances, she has stayed there for four weeks and we have to really appreciate that as stable,” said Moyo, who owns TBS Music Labs.

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