Midlands music lovers in for a treat

GWERU - Kwekwe-based veteran musician Bantuman I, will tonight hog the city’s limelight when he takes to Mbizo 4’s newly-opened waterhole for a gig to warm up the weekend.

The award-winning Bantuman I, real name Tawanda Jumo has been performing since 2004 but is yet to record his music.  

He specialises in a genre, which he coined Reazz a fission of reggae and afro-jazz.
“I am more of a performing artiste rather than curriculum vitae artistes. I am of the school of thought that an artiste has to perform and do so rigorously in order to come up with a polished act,” said the dreadlocked Jumo."

The 36-year-old artiste who doubles as a civil servant runs Duemosteel Enta10ment a recording studio that owns an academy that identifies and nurture talent in Kwekwe.

“I started playing music while I was still at school but the going got tough because back then no parent would allow their children to pursue music as a career. Musical instruments were also rare to come by,” he said.

The creative star added, “I then decided to form an arts organisation with the aim of solving my problem and that of other youths in my area. My proposal was first turned down because they said I was very young.”

Jumo also a Metal Technology teacher at Manunure High School has performed at various campaigns.

He performed at Miss Estate Blues and “Free the Media Concert” in Gokwe and Kwekwe, Miss Tourism provincial finals in Gweru, Kwekwe Expo (2011) and Kwekwe Community Radio Initiative Road shows amongst other.

The teacher-cum-musician previously has shared the stage with the likes of Zig Zag Band, Zora King Leonard Zhakata, the late Andy Brown, the late Tongai Moyo and Peter Moyo.

Jumo said he released a compilation album in 2007 called Chipo Ndechangu which features local upcoming musicians.

The project was funded by Zimbabwe Culture Fund.

Meanwhile Takarangana Night Club will rattle to the vibes of Somandla Ndebele who made his name with his Ndipeiwo Nguva.

The album includes hits Ngatifare, Marwadzo, Kuvaka Musha and Mwoyo Wekurera his collaboration with the late Tongai Moyo.

In an interview, Takarangana Nite Club’s manager, Felix Mutasa said,“Ndebele is not an artiste who can disappoint his fans.

“As per our agreement he confirmed that he will play his heart all night to entertain Gweru” he said.
Sungura graduate, Zaka Zaka is billed to put up an exclusive gig in Gweru’s Salaco City joint tonight.

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