New Afro-jazz sensation unleashed

HARARE - Afro Jazz artiste Wadzanayi Ndudzo is delighted by the buzz created by her just-released album titled Book of Love.

The album launched at the Book Café last week has taken the local radio stations by storm particularly the title track and My Zimbabwean Girl which featured Afrika Revenge’s Willis Watafi.

Both tracks, along with Ndinokudawo, a duet with Foromani, are receiving a lot of air play on most of Zimbabwe’s radio stations.

Ndudzo, whose stage name is Wanai, told the Daily News that she has been in the music industry for the past six years.

“My parents have always been supportive and it was in 2008 that I really got serious with music and I have not looked back ever since,” said Ndudzo.

“In my career, I have worked with so many talented artists including dancehall star Shinsoman as well as Progress Chipfumo.”

Her producer Spencer Masango, who convinced her to ditch urban grooves for Afro-jazz, is confident that Ndudzo has what it takes to make her mark on Zimbabwe’s music landscape.

“Initially, she was biased towards urban grooves but I helped her to cross over into jazz. She will go far, she has total passion and is a great performer,” he said.

Masango’s high regard for Ndudzo is also shared by several established musicians including arguably Zimbabwe’s foremost female bassist Edith WeUtonga.

“She is young and her energy levels are good. I think I like her vibe,” said Weutonga, the interim leader of the newly formed Zimbabwe Musicians Union (Zimu).

Paraclet Williams, an exceptional keyboard player who featured on Ndudzo’s album, has been bowled over by the Brenda Fassie lookalike’s aura on stage.

“She has serious potential and can be a world beater. Her huge voice and stage presence is phenomenal and she is also a great perfectionist. I really enjoyed working with her,” he said.

Other potential hits on the album include Ndayarutsa which is a wedding song and the jazzy Mari is which has become a favourite of several radio DJs.

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