Another Dhewa tribute

HARARE - Music promoter Brian Samaita has released a debut album in honour of late sungura musician Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo.

Samaita, who claims to have been a close friend and business partner of the late sungura musician, composed two songs Nguva and Report on his five-track album Nemiwo Munazvo as a tribute to Dhewa.

Until the release of Nemiwo Munazvo Samaita had not composed a single song but the desire to pay tribute to the Samanyemba hit-maker prompted him to try his hand at singing.

“I started knowing the late Tongai during the late 90s and we became very good friends,” Samaita told the Daily News yesterday.

“Dhewa and another friend Somandla Ndebele inspired me to venture into the music promotion business. I used to contribute when he was composing lyrics and if you listen to his last two albums he mentions me a lot.”

Samaita says the song Report was originally done by the late Dhewa.

“We had an agreement which authorised me to produce Report that I cannot talk about now because he is no longer around to give his side of the story,” said the music promoter.

The tribute album, which zooms in on social issues, features Somandla Ndebele on a song titled Mvura Ngainaye.

“I did this album because I felt pressure to do something in the public sphere to honour Dhewa. It carries tracks such as Mudzimai wangu,  Tapinda Tapinda (a self-introductory song), Report initially done by Dhewa and Nguva,” said Samaita.

Tongai Moyo’s widow Minienhle Mukweli told the Daily News that Samaita was indeed a close friend of the late sungura heavyweight.

“I still remember that before my husband’s death, Samaita had collaborated with him on two songs. They helped each other a lot and even on personal basis. They were close friends and that is why Samaita supported us a lot,” she said.

But Peter Moyo, the late sungura artiste’s son and heir who has since taken over the control of Utakataka Express could not confirm or deny Samaita’s claims.

Peter told the Daily News that he was not qualified to comment with authority on the issue.

“I only started doing music after my father’s death. If there are any agreements he probably ventured into I am not aware of them. He was a very professional person who never divulged such information.” - Tarisai Machakaire

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