'Boys done by Girls'

HARARE - Music lovers will be taken down memory lane tonight when Dudu Manhenga, her sister Zanele and Clare Nyakujara perform yesteryear hits by the Cool Crooners and Mbare Trio at Book Café.

The trio, who perform under the name “Three generations”, will bring alive forgotten hits such as Bulugwe Lami and Blue Sky by Cool Crooners and  Ngatipembere and Manera by Mbare Trio in a show dubbed “Boys done by Girls.”

The ladies, among some of the best on the Zimbabwean afro-jazz scene are on a mission to honour and promote the music of the yesteryear legends.

Nyakujara told Daily News that they will also play music by other legends from other countries.
“The three of us met in April and decided to come up with a show which had nothing to do with our brands,” said the Haudi Neyi singer.

“We launched it in May when we did a “Bad girl meets good girl” show where we featured music by the late Brenda Fassie and Yvone Chaka Chaka’s music,” she said.

“On September 21 is the ‘Girl bands bang’ in which  we will feature music by the Mahotella Queens, Destiny’s Child and all the girl bands of yesteryear before leaving for Bulawayo to perform in the Intwasa Festival on  September 26.”

Dudu, who is perhaps the most celebrated member of the trio, is proud to be part of these shows which celebrate yesteryear music for the benefit of younger generations who missed out on such productions.

“We are celebrating the music of Cool Crooners and Mbare Trio and aim to bring back the wonderful memories associated with their music. These guys are still around and still making good music, but they seem forgotten,” said the widely travelled star.

“They are not going to be part of the show but we will have their music available for sale during the show. It is going to be exciting because we will also wear outfits which those groups wore back then.”

The trio is overwhelmed by the reception they have been receiving so far at their shows.

“The reception is great; we have really been pleasantly surprised by the way people have warmed up to our unique shows. We have a female literary arts organisation which has got on board to support us and have created a show for us at Reps Theatre,” Nyakujara said.

“People should come in their numbers and support this initiative. It is important to give credit to the music of legendary musicians from whom we have learnt to become the musicians we are today.”

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