Upcoming artiste revives Chigiyo music

HARARE - Upcoming artiste Hebron Mashengwe has released a debut album in a bid to revive Chigiyo music.

The music has its roots in Muchongoyo and Katekwe genres and is from Manicaland and Mashonaland Central provinces.

It was popularised by the Kwekwe-based outfit Zig-Zag band of Gomo Ramasare and Mudzimu Mukuru fame.

The new album is made up of 11 songs including Ngaarumbidzwe Musiki, Africa Unite, Oh Jah, Chigiyo Chauya, Blessed Be Zimbabwe, Equal Rights and Justice, Wicked Slave Master, Wauya Mwenga, Holy Mount Zion, Zimbabwe and A Blessed Dub.

The artiste said he took time working on the album because he wanted to come up with a masterpiece.

“I am one of Chigiyo fans, hence seeing the genre experiencing a natural death does not please me in anyway,” he said.

“Hence, I have come up with the album for all Chigiyo music loving fans.”

He said he was happy to be associated with the revival of the genres which promotes African culture and identity.

The music is a fusion of reggae, Muchongoyo and Katekwe genres. The album was recorded at Monolio Studios.

Mashengwe reveals his patriotism in songs such as Africa Unite, Blessed Be Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe.

Born and bred in Mazowe District, Mashengwe said the beauty of Zimbabwe has inspired him to release the album.

“Zimbabwe is a beautiful country and I am so proudof it,” he said. “On the album, I worked with artistes such as Derick Mpofu of Chisikana Changu Zimbabwe fame whom I share the same vision with. He gave me vocal guidance and he engineered the project.”

If well marketed, the album Chigiyo Chauya has the potential of reviving Chigiyo music.

Mashengwe said he was happy with the amount of air play the album was receiving on local radio stations.

“I am overwhelmed by the response the album is getting on our radio stations,” he said.

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