New day for WeUtonga

Acclaimed jazz muso, actress, female bassist and vocalist Edith WeUtonga Katiji has completed recording her second album entitled ‘‘Kwacha’ which is a Nyanja word meaning ‘a new day’.

Edith WeUtonga Katiji
Edith WeUtonga Katiji

Set to be released in November, the 10-track album was recorded in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Produced by Elton Mjanana, it includes songs like Mashoko, Rudo, Royeka Kure, Hurombo, Khonkotha, Hautengwe, Ndireke Ndinjoye, Chaona Mnzako and Vagere.

“We are currently completing WeUtonga’s 10-tracked album set to be released in three months time. We are working with Bothwell Nyamhondera a legend of the country’s recordings, whilst Tamie Bimha and Robert Machiri are leading our recordings from South Africa,” said WeUtonga’s manager, Mjanana . A jovial Edith said, “I always talk of everyday life and social issues through music. The album title suggests a continuation of my growth in the industry and the brightening of the new day. If there is an overall message conveyed in this album it must be urging people to be liberal and balance it with being responsible.”

Selected by NAMA as outstanding actress for a one-woman play early this year , WeUtonga rose to fame through her sole debut album ‘Utonga’ meaning dawn in 2010 which is still causing storm across radio station in the country to-date.

Since launching her debut album in 2010, WeUtonga has concentrated on the basics of music — not trying to be complicated — bringing out a sound that is friendly to the ear as well as the heart.

She began her career in the late 90’s while performing with the Army Band at Brady Barracks in Bulawayo where her father was serving in the army. She has also featured for groups like Siyeza Jazz and an all-female ‘jazz’ group Amakhosikazi.

Four females that dominate and form the core of Utonga constitute of Rumbidzai Tapfuma (Mbira and Percussion), Fatima Katiji (Vocals) and Tariro Ruzvidzo rhythm/acoustic guitar.

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