Mare raises bar

HARARE - Rising songstress Cynthia Mare appears to have shrugged off the controversy that dogged the three awards she won at Last October’s Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima).

Mare turned up at the Zima ceremony very much an underdog but by the end of the night she had picked up three gongs in the Best Alternative Music Award, Best Single and Best Female Artiste categories.

The former United Kingdom-based artiste’s impressive three-award haul angered a certain section of musicians and fans who were not convinced that the singer’s Zuva Rimwe was good enough to pull off such a feat.

But the brickbats that came her way during what should have been the best day in her fledgling career appear to have failed to derail the lively artiste.

The tireless Mare has already lined up a new album that could lift her to an even higher level.

Revellers at the Book Café on New Year’s eve were given the chance to sample several songs off the yet-to-be-named album that is set to be released before August.

She played Moto Ngaubvire, Shinga, Nhamo, Natsa Kwawabva, Muchato and Ngoro much to the delight of the fans who stepped into 2015 while enjoying themselves at the Book Café. Though all the new songs excited the crowd, the greatest applause was attracted by the inspirational Shinga.

Mare expressed optimism that the forthcoming album would be her best to date but was quick to point out that she doesn’t create music with the hope of winning awards.

“I was very happy to win three awards for the song Zuva Rimwe but awards for me come as a bonus. While I want the forthcoming album to be my best yet, I never produce music with the aim of chasing glory,” Mare told the Daily News after the New Year’s eve gig.

“Music for me comes from the heart, the soul. I shall continue to produce music whether there is money or not. I use music to express my inner feelings. For example, I did Zuva Rimwe to capture a very sad moment for me — the death of my mother but because I was singing from the heart, the song won awards and the support of the people.”

The rising singer’s forthcoming album, which would carry 12 tracks, will be produced by Clive Mono Mukundu and Clive Manhenga, brother to jazz star Dudu.

“I am very happy with the songs they have produced so far. I like all the songs a lot but Moto Ngaubvire carries a very important message. It urges women to keep the fire burning even if they have been victims of serious abuse. In line with my tradition, I will include one or two gospel songs,” she said.

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