O-Gee comes out of cocoon

HARARE - Amon Mvula’s product Ronnie Bere aka The O-Gee is set to release a gem urban-jazz album next week.

The debut eight-track album My Turn is expected to redefine the local music scene.

Bere told the Daily News that it is now his time to express himself musically.

“I have been working for others for the past decade and this is now my turn to do my own projects and express myself,” said the 35-year-old artiste.

The album was recorded at Aiban Records, a studio owned by the Chegutu-based Afro-pop musician Baffalo X real name George Marume.

Songs on the album include Usabate Phone Yangu featuring Baffalo X and Madiz, Tohudzasa featuring King Shady and Babe Idya Mari.

“The project featured a lot of artistes such as Diana Samkange and a Tanzanian artiste,” he said.
Bere began his artistic journey in the mid 90s.

He is a holder of several diplomas including one in Marketing and Musicology.

“After high school I enrolled at the University of Venda in South Africa where I studied music and fortunately my lecturer was the late musician Amon Mvula,” he said.

From college Bere joined the late dendera ace Simon Chimbetu as a drummer in 1999 before crossing the bridge to Thomas Mukanya Mapfumo in 2001 as a keyboard player.

After a stint with the Blacks Unlimited band of Mapfumo, Bere together with Zivanai and Spencer Masango jointly established a studio where the nomadic artiste was a chief engineer.

“The studio gave me an opportunity to know a number of talented artistes such as Betty Makaya, Langton Deo of Magetsi fame, Alexio Kawara, Malvern S, Booker T, Shalom Singers, Elias Musakwa and Martha Night,” he said.

In 2004 Bere joined the wake-hit maker — Tanga wekwaSando as a band manager before moving to Firmside Management which used to manage a number of bars in Harare such as Sports Diner.

Bere managed a number of bars in Harare and also organised concerts.

Currently the artiste is working at the City Sports Bar in the capital.

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