Claire goes solo

HARARE - Jazz musician Claire Nyakujara, 32, has decided to rekindle her old times by turning solo once again and staging concerts with her own band.

Claire has two albums to her name, Haudineyi and Unleashed and a collaborative one, Ndega Zvangu.

The diva who has been collaborating with other female musicians in various music projects which saw her launch the ‘Kumabhebhi’ gigs with Cindy Munyavi in 2013 and the ‘Bhururu’ joint concerts with Edith WeUtonga.

She has already performed at the Book Café. “It has been a while and it feels liberating. For some time I was concentrating on collaborations. Of which I feel has neglected the Claire brand,” she said.

She added that it was also difficult to promote herself because of the current financial situation in the music business.

“I think it has more to do with time, sometimes one really gets to a point where it’s tiring in the music business. But instead of going away and taking a rest I guess I felt safe in collaborations.

“And also the fact that people do not have as much money as they used to, it was easier to join brands together for the same money.

“Collaborations also sort of limit one in a way. Under my own brand I can express myself the way I want, be able to pull out a show the way I imagine it. So as Claire I feel I have a lot more to offer out there with my own concepts.

“And for very little money people get to see me in my best form for the first time as myself. I am a Tina Turner kind of girl, she is my inspiration. So people can expect a lot of surprises from my performances, it’s going to be dope really,” she said.

She also added that ‘Kumabhebhi’ which she stared in 2013 with Cindy was not dead.

“We are just planning while we concentrate on our individual careers, but the concept is still there,” she said.

The ‘Kumabhebhi’ concept brought female artistes together including Diana Samkange and others.


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