The studio becomes the only functional one in the city following the folding of several others like Mo-Sounds Studio owned by reggae musician Joe Wailer and Baseline Studio that was operated by forgotten producer Tony G.
“I sourced for funds to open up my music studio from the donor community and from personal savings. My mission is to make sure that no upcoming artist fails to record their music because they have no money. We want to promote the industry in our small way,” said Spencer Munyamana, the 24 year old youth who has set up the Heavy Air Studios.
He added that while other studios charge as much as $300 per single track, his services for upcoming young artists wishing to record for the first time are free.
“The idea is to make sure that these talented young artists can be heard on air. There are several of them who are good but they do not have the money to record their works. So what I am saying is that I have sacrificed to help them. I have the qualifications of producing music and adequate experience of sound engineering,” said Munyamana, popularly known as Spinyo.
History has shown that where free and less expensive music recording services are rendered, virtually unknown young talented artists rise into stardom. Harare is currently boasting of hordes of young dancehall artists like Shinsoman of the Mawayawaya fame, Killer T, Soul Jah Love, Ser Calaz, Freeman, Lady Squanda and others who emerged almost at the same time two years ago, after the establishment of Levels studio in Mbare that helps upcoming artists.
The setting up of Amakhosi Productions by producer Cont Mhlanga in Bulawayo, which also helps the young upcoming artists, has seen several musicians and dance groups also emerging in the City of Kings lately.
The city of Gweru has in the past proved to be a potential hub of musicians. Famous urban grooves hit-maker Madiz, Nasty Trix and dancehall star Mad Nettol all trace their footsteps back to Gweru.Post published in: Arts