Zima awards well-earned: Mare

HARARE - Against all odds, songstress Cynthia Mare surprised music critics and fans alike by landing three awards at the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) last month.

But instead of generating positive media coverage for the rising singer, Mare’s winning of the Best Alternative Music Award, Best Single and Best Female Artiste gongs on the strength of her hit song Zuvarimwe (Dai Zvaibvira) touched off a storm.

Mare, though, told the Daily News, the three awards were well-earned.

“I worked hard on the winning song as I have been doing throughout my career, but I cannot prevent people from having opinions,” said the multiple Zima winner.

“I cannot comment on what other people say. I am very grateful for the awards I won; they were mainly for the song I wrote for my late mother Zuvarimwe (Dai Zvaibvira).”

The lively singer added she would not allow detractors to spoil her day in the sun.

“The recognition I received was an honour and I will forever cherish that. I will keep on working hard and I already have another song that is as touching as Zuvarimwe.

“The song is called Moto Ngaubvire, which I will be launching tomorrow to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence,” she said.

The launch of Mare’s new single, being supported by the British Council, UKAid and the British Embassy Harare, will take place at the Book Café.

“This song was inspired by what women go through and it basically urges them to be strong, not to despair no matter what they go through.

“I visited Chikurubi Prison the other day and I saw women there who just inspired me to pen the song. So it is all about encouragement to the girl child and women,” she said.

According to her Reverbnation account, at the age of 16 Mare moved to the United Kingdom (UK) to study and that is where she began her musical journey as an R ‘n’ B singer.

But a few years later, after deciding to make music that reflected her origins and experiences, Mare adopted an African sound with influences of jazz and gospel music.

More importantly, she also incorporated traditional Zimbabwean guitar and mbira sounds.

Mare’s debut album titled Songs My Mother Loved is a tribute to her late mother Enita Charewa-Chamboko who succumbed to cancer.

The album is a motley mixture of soul, gospel and jazzy songs sang in Shona and English.

The standout song on the album is Zuvarimwe (Dai Zvaibvira) which won her the three Zima awards.

The song, produced by ZimPraise director Joseph Madziyire, expresses the singer’s wish to be granted a day with her late mother so that she can tell her what is going on in her life.

Other songs on the album include the touching Hatina Musha Panyika and Pfugama Unamate, in which Mare delivers a strong vocal performance against a backdrop of an unmistakable Zimbabwean guitar.

The other track is Ndokutendai Sei which was produced by Clive ‘Mono’ Mukundu.

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