Drummer Dembedza shares career exploits

HARARE - Drummer Simba “Bond” Dembedza, who has played for elite musicians like Oliver Mtukudzi and Victor Kunonga, believes he is on course to emulate his role model and mentor Sam Mataure.

Like Mataure, drummer and manager of music superstar Mtukudzi, whose music career has covered various musical styles and genres, Dembedza has worked with diverse music groups that include Zimpraise and the Worship Addicts.

Dembedza told the Daily News on Sunday that he owes his success to the Mutare-born Mataure.

“It was such an honour to play for such a great artiste as Tuku and more importantly to be in the shoes of a great drummer like Mataure,” said Dembedza.

“It was an amazing experience. I learnt quite a lot musically. Mataure is one of my top drummers and mentors.”

With the Black Spirits, Dembedza toured Uganda, Botswana and South Africa. During his stint with Tuku he also played drums on two tracks on the late Sam Mtukudzi’s Cheziya album.

The Bulawayo-born artiste, who started playing drums as a raw 16-year-old, is happy with the experience he has garnered with various musicians in his blossoming 12-year career in music.

“For someone who started playing in church, I am very pleased with the way my musical journey has unfolded so far. Currently, I am playing drums for Zimpraise and Victor Kunonga,” he said.

“I am particularly happy to be involved with Zimpraise and gospel music in general. Gospel music is the future of music in Zimbabwe because it ministers to lives.

“I have been with Zimpraise for the past five years. Zimpraise is a great family and has grown to be a big brand in gospel music in the country. Last year I toured the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) with the group, a tour which gave me the much-needed exposure.”

Dembedza is also proud to have recorded three albums with the Takesure Zamar Ncube-led Worship Addicts namely Devotional Volume One and Two as well as Worship Altar.

Despite the 28-year-old drummer’s stint with many celebrated musicians, Dembedza singled out African rhythm star Kunonga for his musical ingenuity.

“I enjoy  playing for Kunonga. I love his music because of its complexity. Kunonga’s rhythms are unique and challenging. His uncommon rhythms always push me to work harder on my drumming. I played drums on his latest 12-track album Kwedu,” he said.

Having amassed such a rich drumming experience, Dembedza believes the time is now ripe for him to impart the knowledge to the next generation of drummers.

“Playing gospel music has made me a selfless drummer who is willing to share ideas with young drummers. I am delighted with the kind of impact that I have made locally and with the way many upcoming drummers are willing to be mentored by me,” said Dembedza.

Comments (1)

Its good to see that you have achieved a lot in this life as a drummer. we watched you play at FOG BYO from a tender age. Coming from sch and passing through church to practice with the overcomers or even alone. Well done Little bro

Violet - 14 January 2015

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