Marabini's protégé to record album in SA

BULAWAYO - Dumi Nyongolo, a protégé of Afro-jazz artiste Jeys Marabini, will record his second album in South Africa in October.

Nyongolo, who went solo three years ago after working as a backing vocalist and percussionist, has lined up a 15-track offering.

“The reason why I decided to record across the border is simply because the kind of music I want can be best done that side,” said the 36-year-old musician who was part of Marabini’s backing group on a recent tour of Austria.

“The other reason why I have opted for South Africa is that the producers and engineers of my first album, The Gospel in African Languages, are no longer resident in Zimbabwe.”

Nyongolo is convinced that his second offering will be far better than his debut album.

“I was still on a learning curve when I did my first album. Though I have been hugely impressed by the air play some of my tracks are receiving on local radio stations, I am convinced that my second album will take me to new heights,” he said.

The talented vocalist-cum-percussionist said his recent tour of Europe, which enabled him to meet several African musicians, was an eye-opener.

“I learnt the importance of having music that is rooted in our culture; music that identifies with the values of our people. This new album is an all-gospel piece done in an African style of Ubuntu which I subscribe to,” he said.

Nyongolo revealed that most of the songs on the yet-to-be-titled 15-track album are done in various local languages.

“The majority of the songs are sung in local languages but there are a few songs that have English lyrics,” said the upcoming artiste who dumped a promising career as a visual artist to pursue music.

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