Ba Shupi is relatively new on the music scene, but has quickly established a reputation for himself as a consummate entertainer, arguably one of the best of this generation. Combining smooth, clear bombastic vocals with dynamic stage presence and mesmerizing dance moves, he is the entertainer extraordinaire who does it all. Backed by his long-running band, The ‘A’ Team, Ba Shupi charms the crowd with his sincere, catchy lyrics, always prompting the audience to get up on their feet and dance.
Ba Shupi released his first album, “Twunonaka” in 2011 spawning the hit songs, Godo (the smash hit duet with Stunner that topped the Power FM radio charts for eight consecutive months and went on to win four NAMA Awards in 2012), Tezvara Waramba and Chokoleti. For Saturday night’s show, Ba Shupi, whose real name is Peace Ndlovu says, “I’ve been preparing something different – some new songs. I’m going to perform eight new songs from an album I’m working on. Everytime I do a show, I research and always try to present something different. There will always be surprises everytime. There is a lot of talent popping out in Harare. For this show, I’m going to have guests like Tryson, Munya, Macheso, Nyabinde and Selmor.”
Ba Shupi is excited to preview songs from his up-coming second album, “Munakiro” which will be released in early 2014. This long-anticipated follow-up to “Twunonaka” will feature collaborations with some of the hottest names in music including: Ex Q, Jah Prayzah, Suluman Chimbetu, Dhadza D, Jr. Brown, Munya Mataruse and Tryson Chimbetu. Opening for Ba Shupi Saturday night will be afro-jazz icon, Bob ‘The Headmaster’ Nyabinde, a special treat for music fans.
In his career, Ba Shupi has shared the stage with many high profile entertainers, including Alick Macheso, Edith weUtonga, Sulu Chimbetu, the late Chiwoniso Maraire, the late Andy Brown as well as international acts, Elephant Man, Zahara, Mafikizolo and P Square. He has also performed to rapturous acclaim at HIFA, the Shoko Festival and tore up the stage at the Chimanimani Arts Festival this past August.
Ba Shupi is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians who are pushing boundaries and ushering in exciting, new Zimbabwean music. Don’t miss out on his return to the Book Café stage Saturday night, backed by his band, The ‘A’ Team and featuring exciting collaborations with special guest stars.Post published in: Arts