Willis Wataffi, Selmor to collaborate

BULAWAYO – In a potentially exciting Intwasa Festival double bill, former Afrika Revenge member Willis Wataffi will share the stage with Selmor Mtukudzi at Elite 400 on September 27.

Raisedon Baya, Intwasa Arts festival director, said the duet is billed to be one of the top drawer performances at the festival.

“The show will be coming hot after the Spring Jazz Show  that would have taken place the previous night.

The Wataffi/ Mtukudzi  show, taking place on Friday night is billed as one of the top shows at this year’s 9th edition of the Intwasa Arts Festival,” Baya said.

The Spring Jazz Show will be featuring Dudu Manhenga and the Three Generation which includes Clare Nyakujara and Uza Manhenga.

Selmor, who is daughter to legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi, will be performing at the festival as well as in the second largest city for the first time ever since she broke into the showbiz industry.

Having proved her vocal prowess and the ability to mesmerise fans, Selmor’s arrival in the city is eagerly awaited.

Baya explains the strength of Selmor: “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  is likewise a hallmark of her rich musical inheritance.

“An accomplished singer, hosho player and dancer, Selmor incorporates  many elements of Zimbabwe’s rich history of traditional music in her songs,” the festival director said.

And of course featuring the equally talented Willis Wataffi, who also  needs no introduction will make this year’s edition of Intwasa rich in local talent, unlike in previous years where foreign artistes have hogged the limelight.

Wataffi carved a niche with chat bursting album Wanga which he did while he was still with Afrika Revenge. After going solo, Wataffi released the two projects Zhizha and Qaya Roots.

From his time with Africa Revenge to now, Wataffi’s messages have always been simple yet well thought out and well meaning.

The young musician has been consistently preaching the same message of self- discovery and Ubuntu with much conviction and even authority.

It is Wataffi’s thought provoking lyrics that separate him from his peers. Baya described Wataffi’s lyrics as rich, nostalgic, spiritual, and hypnotic.

“His music is world class and his philosophy is deeply-rooted in Pan Africanism. This philosophy runs through his music. This is the philosophy that shapes and defines him, shapes his music and defines it.

“Whoever taught him taught him well. Here is a young man who is more  at easy talking about Nkurumah, Mandela, Martin Luther King Junior, the spirit of Ubuntu and pan Africanism than most of his peers,” he said.

Baya further described Wataffi as the personification of this year’s festival theme.

“Listening to Wataffi describing the essence of his music, one is tempted to put him on the same pedestal with the late mbira great Chiwoniso Maraire, not because of their music — for their genres are worlds apart, but in terms of their inspiration and closeness to tradition.”

Comments (2)

cant wait for this collabooooo.......

kuda chigaba - 22 September 2013

good stuff!

marvellous moyo - 8 October 2013

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