Patience Musa plots musical comeback

HARARE - Sultry, slinky and still sizzling in her mid-30s, Patience Musa is a diva like no other.

The charismatic and extroverted musician, who burst onto the scene at the turn of the millennium under the tutelage of Mateo Kaunda, has had her fair share of life experiences and like wine has matured with age.

Musa has come a long way since releasing her debut album With Love in 2002.

The album, laden with smooth, romantic jazz, won her many admirers who were bewitched by her velvety voice.

Though now a producer/ presenter at ZiFM Stereo, the delightful songbird has lost none of her passion for music.

Musa told the Daily News that she still finds time to pen songs and strum her guitar away from the busy and demanding radio schedules.

“I actually got into radio by accident,” said the jazz musician.

“When ZiFM was recruiting I didn’t know anything about the auditions but I was called up after some people had forwarded advertisements with my voice to the station.

“From then on I have not turned back and am enjoying radio like there is nothing else.”

The Zviri Nani singer, whose last music project was the 2010 album Patie, has found herself unable to complete her fourth album which has been on the cards for the past two years.

“I practically spend most of my time at work and by the end of the day I usually don’t have enough energy to hit the studio, but believe you me the album will be out soon once it gets polished in the studio,” she said.

The forthcoming 10-track album has tracks such as Amai Mukai, Give it all, Have Patience, Huyai, Haazvizive, Runako, and the unmistakable love gem Swedera Padhuze.

The upcoming album certainly takes Musa out of her comfort zone.

Her velvety voice retains its languid quality, but the backing is grittier, thanks to her enchanting backing vocalists.

“I have been through a lot in life and in this project I will be singing about my personal experiences as well as lessons that I have gained through life.

“I am quite confident that my music will appeal to all age groups,” said the mother of one.

The ZiFM radio personality feels privileged to have got the chance to tour the region and beyond for gigs in which she shared the stage with great artistes like the late Brenda Fassie, Jimmy Dludlu, Sibongile Khumalo, Dorothy Masuka, Hugh Masekela, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Oliver Mtukudzi, Bernie Bismark, and PJ Powers and many more.

Musa is keen to have more regular joint concerts with fellow Zimbabwean artistes.

“It is pretty hectic to organise live performances with other artiste because of competing schedules. However, that does not mean I will stop trying,” she said.

The extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist, whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favourite in both the jazz and R&B worlds, said many artistes do few live performances due to venue challenges.

“I hope that this year might bring better fortunes for all artistes and I also hope to start performing regularly again,” she added.


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