Muwengwa's legacy lives on

HARARE - Batsirai Chinyanga, young brother to late Studio 263 actor and musician Nevernay “Muwengwa” Chinyanga, believes his second album set for release in September will bring his family name back in the limelight.

The Mbare-based rookie musician, who uses the stage name Young Muwengwa, is determined to reap rewards from the legacy created by his late brother.

“In our family, I was the first to venture into music but because my brother was already popular because of his role in Studio 263, he simply capitalised on it and became more popular than me,” said the 35-year-old Batsirai.

“With my experience in the music industry, I helped him on his album Pashambira Ngwena and we got along really well.”

The Young Muwengwa, however, concedes that his music career hasn’t taken off in the big way.

“My music is being sustained by money I earn from my business at Siyaso market in Mbare where I run a hardware shop.

“I ventured into the music industry at a tender age but I only thought of recording after the death of my brother who passed away in 2010 in South Africa after battling diabetes and heart complications.

“I recorded my debut album Ivai Nesu released in 2012 through the help of Alick Macheso who offered me the chance to record at his defunct Last Power Studios for free,” he said.

The Uzumba-born artiste is confident that his imminent second album will enjoy better fortunes.

“I took time to work on this album and I hope it will usher me into the limelight once it is released. This time I am recording with Gramma Records. I also featured Paradzai Mesi of Njerama Boys,” he said.

“On the album, I show that my knowledge of Shona measures up to that of my late brother.

“We inherited our linguistic skills from our mother who is a gifted wordsmith. She uses flowery Shona language,” he said.

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