Best album yet – Jeys

Award-winning Afrojazz musician, Jeys Marabini, described his latest album, [email protected], as his best offering since embarking on a solo career about a decade ago.

Jeys believes this album is his best one yet.
Jeys believes this album is his best one yet.

Marabini, born Majahawodwa Ndlovu, has just released his latest album, which has been well received by music lovers across the country.

“This is my best album so far and I had a good year,” the Kozekulunge front man told The Zimbabwean. “The album is called [email protected] because I turned 40 this year. I want to celebrate my birthday with everyone who loves my music and supports me. Thanks to this album, people are now taking me seriously.”

To create [email protected], Marabini teamed up with one of the best engineers in the South African music industry, Papi, who has previously worked with such stars as Bongo Muffin, Hugh Masekela and Simphiwe Dana among others. The production was mastered at DownTown Studios in Johannesburg.

To cater for international audiences, in the 12-track [email protected], Marabini has recorded songs in English, Ndebele, Shona and Swahili, the most-spoken indigenous language in Africa.

It was a big year for the Uthando Lwakho hit maker. He staged a number of shows alongside big names such as Oliver Mtukudzi, who he performed with on three occasions. The two will perform together again on December 21 with Alick Macheso and Peter Moyo in an all-night gig scheduled for the Large City Hall in Bulawayo.

He also has a show pencilled for Botswana where he will perform with Slizzer. Marabini, a three-time National Arts and Merit Award (NAMA) award-winner is rated among the best Afro-jazz musicians in the country. Previous albums, especially the 2009 production, Izenzo, which featured the late South African jazz great, Nana Coyote, have been well-received in the country and beyond borders.

The 40-year-old musician’s career has grown in leaps and bounds since the 1990s when he performed which traditional music groups such as Sunduza Boys and Black Umfolosi.

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