Chi, Ammara to rock Book Cafè

HARARE - Ammara Brown, daughter of the late popular guitarist Andy is expected to learn one or two stage skills from the internationally-acclaimed mbira artiste Chiwoniso Maraire at Book Cafè in Harare next week.

The concert is slated for 2100 hours next Saturday and the two talented artistes are expected to mesmerise revellers at the Harare joint which is known for supporting the art industry.

Recently,  the rising afro-pop star told the Daily News that she enjoys working with her step-mother Chiwoniso.

“Chiwoniso is very supportive to me; it is her wish to see me fulfilling my dreams.

“I still remember Chiwoniso presenting me with a mbira instrument when I turned nine,” she said.

Book Cafè is the hunting ground for the seasoned Amai singer, Chi.

Ammara, the second born of the late musician is constantly proving to be a force to reckon with in the local showbiz industry.

She stunned revellers at the Winter Jazz festival held at Jazz 105 in Harare with her unparalleled and sizzling performance in July.

As if this was not enough the rising star left thousands of revellers shell-shocked at the recently held summer festival held at the Glamis arena after she delivered a spellbinding and captivating act.

The 24-year-old-mother of one said she is working tirelessly to expand her fan base and to perpetuate her father’s musical legacy.

“Only people with the Brown blood “the Browns” are titled to perpetuate Andy Brown’s musical legacy, including using the band name The Storm.

“You have to be a Brown for you to use The Storm, it’s more than just the name — there is a history behind the name,” Ammara says.

She said she has all the rights to use her father’s band, but says she is not yet ready.

“I will use the name in future, but currently I am not ready,” said Ammara.

Ammara said she became part of the band at a tender age, only to be serious when she was 14.

The songster commenced her artistic journey at the age of four.

She relocated to United States of America with her mother where she became a member of the Martin Luther King Choir.

It was during this time when Ammara made her first demo before recording her first song.

 “When I moved to USA I did music as a subject that is when I started taking music seriously,” she said.

She recalls on her ninth birthday when Chiwoniso Maraire surprised her with a mbira instrument which she started playing at the American school.

“I am so proud that I was the first person to play an African instrument at the school,” she said.

While in the country she used to perform with her late father on different platforms around Zimbabwe, providing with backing vocals.

At the age of 18, she perfected her musical career when she moved to South Africa where she studied for a Higher Diploma in Music.

She said studying music was a dream come true for her as her father always wanted her to study music.

“My father wanted to study music all his life, but there were no resources for him to study, he was so happy when I began studying music” she said.

She said her musical journey was not easy and she could not leave her father’s band — The Storm in the hands of her step-mother Nadine.

“I did not want to leave The Storm with Nadine, neither does my family want to,” she said. - Vasco Chaya

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