'Muchembere' drops 2 albums

HARARE - Sixty one year-old upcoming Afro-jazz musician Jane “Muchembere” Marimo has released two albums within a year.

Marimo released her debut album Daka Regore early last year before coming up with another Daka Regore 2 in November.

She said from a tender age, music had always been a part of her life.

“I used to sing Jiti during night gatherings in rural Marondera where I grew up before I relocated to Europe where I spent over 30 years,” she said.

Marimo’s albums were produced at Lion Wave Studios.

The first album carries songs such as Africa Jaine, Basa Rekutanga, Muroi, Ndichamuteera, Rasta, Sangano, Shungu and Usacheme.

The second album comprises songs such as Daka, DM, Hwahwa, Murume, Saina, Vana Accoustuix and Vana.

Marimo is backed by Marondera-based sungura musician Josphat Somanje during her live concerts.

“I am being helped by Somanje stars during concerts and I am learning a lot from Josphat considering that he has seen it all in the local music industry,” Marimo said.

She said while seasoned artistes such as Oliver Mtukudzi boast of over 61 albums at 61, she was striving to record over 60 albums to match her age.

“As of now, I cannot talk of 60 albums but I can talk of songs,” said Marimo, who is popularly referred to as Muchembere by her fans and colleagues in the arts industry.

Marimo said age was not a barrier to ambition.

“Age is associated with wisdom and maturity hence my music is meant for the mature generation,” she said.

Marimo stays in Harare where she operates a lodge.

She is an accountant by profession and has seven children and seven grandchildren.

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