Talented guitarist steps into the unknown

After a journey that has seen him working with some of the country’s top musical minds, Norman Masamba has stepped out into the unknown by launching a breakout project.

Norman Masamba.
Norman Masamba.

Masamba, 26, started his musical journey with headmaster Bob Nyabinde in Kwekwe when he was just 16. Since then he has worked under the wings of the venerable Victor Kunonga. He also credits the late Chiwoniso Maraire for playing a pivotal role in his career.

He said coming out with a debut album was a significant milestone in his life. “It feels great. It was always a dream of mine to one day lead a band and express myself through my own music,” he said.

“I am grateful and would like to thank all the people I have worked with namely Victor Kunonga, Bob Nyabinde, and the late Chioniso Maraire for nurturing me. For me to be where I am now I owe a lot to those guys,” he added.

The new album has 11 tracks all composed by Masamba, who says he always tries to stay ahead in his game. “When I compose I try to imagine myself 10 years later listening to the same track and ask myself if it would still be appealing,” he said.

He urged all musicians to work together and not compete against each other. “We should not be jealous of each other but should appreciate and uplift each other,” he said.

At the launch of the album, Kunonga spoke of his pride at the progress made by Masamba as a musician.

“He has taken many steps since he was identified by Nyabinde who groomed him. The album is well executed and well written and separates him from many of his peers,” Kunonga said.

Some of the outstanding tracks on the album include “Handikwanise”, which in the word of poet Shoes Lambada talks of the paradox of fear in love. “The fear to commit and the fear to let go,” Lambada said.

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