Zim musicians earn Germany sabbatical

HARARE - Three emerging Zimbabwean musicians — Tendai Madzviti, Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu (pictured) and Fungai Nengare — have left for a three-month stint in Germany where they will collaborate with Munich-based Jamaram band.

Roberta Wagner, the director of Zimbabwe German Society (ZGS), told the Daily News that the three music rookies will be mentored on the creative part of the artiste’s job while at the same time exposing them to foreign audiences.

“After training these artistes on the business side of the arts, the sabbatical will ensure they concentrate on writing their music and producing CDs,” Wagner said.

The ZGS boss added that “it’s a holistic approach that will benefit any artiste who is serious about a profession in the arts industry so that they are can earn a leaving through the arts; not just taking it as a hobby”.

Nyamarebvu, 23, a resident artiste at Oliver Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Studios, is delighted by the chance to perfect his music craft in a foreign land.

“Both the Pakare Paye Studio and the Acoustic Night platform have helped to develop me to be the artiste I am today.

“I am sure the people that I have worked with can testify to the fact that I am persistent,” he said.

Nyamarebvu, who prefers to sing in Shona, has been a resident artiste at Pakare Paye Studio for almost two years, regards the Germany sabbatical as a reward for the hard work he has put in to improve his music skills.

The Pakare Paye resident artiste, who is set to release a 12-track solo album titled Ndiri Ndonga before the end of the year, said the Germany stint will provide him with the platform to “share Zimbabwean culture through music”.

Tariro neGitare, the founder of the Acoustic Nights at the Zimbabwe German Society (ZGS), said the three artistes who qualified for the sabbatical were selected on the basis of their dedication to their music careers.

“These three artistes were persistent and have really grown musically.

“That is why they were selected for the sabbatical,” said the popular Afro-fusion singer.

It was not immediately clear why the highly-rated Tariro and Prayersoul did not make the trip to Germany this time around in line with original plans.

The two visited Germany last year along with Rutendo Machiridza where they did 17 shows in 19 days across Germany last year.

Comments (2)

Prayersoul is actually with the 3 artists on sabbatical. We wish them all the best and am certain that this experience will change the course of their careers for the better. A big thank you to the Zimbabwe German Society for facilitating this!

Tariro neGitare - 8 July 2014

We are now in Germany and have since started to get an orientation of the city, perform and make links. Thanks to Zimbabwe German Society, Villa Waldberta (our residence) and The City of Munich.. for this great opportunity.

Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu - 9 July 2014

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