Assegai Crew bounces back

HARARE - Assegai Crew, widely regarded as one of the best bands to emerge out of Mutare, will launch a new album Tauyahe (The Comeback) at the Book Café tomorrow.

The reggae band from the Eastern border city, that popularised Ragga Manyika, is returning with a six-track album that the group is confident will help them reclaim lost glory.

Ragga Manyika is still very much alive and Tauyahe (The Comeback), our fourth album, will show our fans that we have lost none of our old zest,” said drummer Silas Makumbe, the only surviving member of the original Assegai Crew.

The legendary Mutare band first rose to stardom in 1997 when they released their debut album titled Zvese Mari which carried the hit song Amaibhoyi, popularly known as Kanyama Karipi.

Amaibhoyi went viral on all local radio stations, scooping number one on the then Radio 3’s ‘Top 20’.  Buoyed by their overnight success, the Mutare group relocated to Harare where they became a resident band at the now defunct George Hotel.

In the ensuing years, Assegai Crew’s main vocalists Chidikano and Hebert Keyara passed away forcing Makumbe to recruit new and young members into the band.

Despite the continued death of new members, the Mutare group went on to release their second album Nyarara (1998) and their third Mabororo Disaster (2002)”.

The launch of Tauyahe is supported by Harare-based arts development organisation Pamberi Trust and the award-winning arts venue Book Café, a multi-disciplinary community arts centre which stages music, poetry, comedy, theatre, discussions, film screenings and book/CD launches.

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