Mbira musician set to release debut album

Up-and-coming mbira maestro Nancy Mutize (24) from Harare’s Warren Park suburb is set to release her debut album this month. The seven-track album includes songs such as the title track Ekhaya, Ndovasiira pai, Let’s Unite and Hupenyu.

Recorded at Log-a-rhythm studios in Harare, the 36-minute long album comprises songs that were all composed by Mutize.

“My music is afro-pop and the most prominent instrument that I use is mbira, although I also use guitars, drums and a keyboard among others,” said Mutize.

She said all the songs on the album are inspired by the need to remind people, especially youths, to take pride in their culture and heritage. “This album is dedicated to all the young people like me who are losing track of their cultural heritage,” she said. “The title track is a reminder of our rural homes and all the activities that we used to get involved in as children, including traditional dances.”

Mutize, who has worked with renowned artists such as Dumie Ngulube, said she is inspired by the late mbira maestro Chiwoniso Mararire, Oliver Mtukudzi and Dudu Manhenga, as well as other artists from the region such as South Africa’s Freshly Ground.

“I am going to set up my own band. I’ve already named it Flame of Africa, because I’m optimistic that this band will make it big in the region,” said Mutize.

She hailed Zimbabweans for appreciating local talent, adding that there was need for companies to support musicians, especially new talent.

Her father, Washington Mutize, urged parents to support their children, especially girls, who exhibited interest in the music industry. “Given the necessary support, girls have the potential to conquer the world through music. Give them a chance to exhibit their talent and I am positive that they will make the world a better place through the arts,” he said.

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