Selmor promises to make dad proud

HARARE - With music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi not performing at this year’s Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa), his daughter Selmor is ready to hoist the Mtukudzi flag with pride and dignity.

Selmor, one of Zimbabwe’s rising musical talents will share the stage with Nkulee Dube, the daughter of late South African reggae legend Lucky Dube on Golden Pilsener Day on May 3.

Tuku’s talented daughter who made her professional debut as a nine-year-old when she recorded the soundtrack for The Future, a film by former Studio 263 director Godwin Mawuru, has promised to make her father proud.

“She is very excited to represent her dad who is a Hifa and Zimbabwe music legend,” Selmor told the Daily News through her sister Sandra, who doubles up as her manager.

Sandra added that her sister was relishing the match-up with Nkulee, the daughter of the late South African music great Lucky Dube.

“Selmor is happy that she will perform alongside Nkulee, Lucky Dube‘s daughter. This will give her a platform to raise the Zimbabwean flag.

“Sharing the stage with the famous Lucky Dube’s daughter will attract a high level of interest and Selmor is ready to rise to occasion and make her dad and Zimbabwe proud”, Sandra told the Daily News yesterday.

Selmor and Nkulee’s concert has been made possible by Golden Pilsener and Hivos.

The daughter of Zimbabwe music legend has had a rich musical background since she began her musical career as a scrawny nine-year-old.

Before forming her own group with husband Tendai Manatsa in 2005, Selmor sang as a backing vocalist for several groups including Pax Afro and Tanga WekwaSando.

Like her father, Selmor uses song as an important medium for discussion of social issues, creating a musical platform for her to speak about subjects ranging from women’s rights to the erosion of traditional social values.

Her deep and powerful voice mirrors that of her globally recognised father but to her credit she has created a uniquely original brand of music.

Shungu, her debut album, features songs steeped in traditional Zimbabwean jiti drumming rhythms. - Talent Chapanduka

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