Kunonga invades sungura fortress

HARARE - Afro-fusion star Victor Kunonga’s maiden performance at Club Paramount in Chitungwiza last weekend has won the Kwedu singer new fans in a city regarded as a sungura fortress.

Chitungwiza, home to some of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians, including Nicholas Zakaria, Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah among others, has historically been dominated by sungura artistes.

When Club Paramount proprietor Octarvious Chikonyora lured Kunonga to Chitungwiza, many questioned the wisdom of hosting an afro-fusion artiste in the sungura-mad city.

“It was an unbelievably successful. I proved doubters wrong in a big way and because of that, I am keen to bring him back as soon as possible,” said the Club Paramount proprietor.

“I am still to talk to him to see if he can play here regularly. I had to persuade him to play on although he had finished his performance due to popular demand.

“I liked the response from patrons. It was excellent although we had not even marketed the show.”

The Kwedu singer’s rare show in Chitungwiza must have provided welcome relief to revellers who have had to do with an overdose of sungura, Zimdancehall and a bit of gospel.

He was naturally-delighted by the impact he made in his first gig at the joint in the populous city.

“When we make music it is for everybody; it is not for selected people. It is for everyone.

“This is why we agreed to venture into the unknown, so to speak,” said Kunonga who is equally proficient on vocals, acoustic guitar and mbira.

“I think you saw for yourself how people responded. They liked our music. It is their music.

“I am just an artiste, I compose, I create, but at the end of the day, I don’t create for myself, I create for everybody.”

Kunonga, who played selected songs from his four albums namely; Such is Life, Uyo, Hatinete and Kwedu, is keen to perform in Chitungwiza on a regular basis.

“It is always good to show people the other side of the coin. We are definitely going to do it more often,” he said.

Kunonga was backed by a four-man band that included Dennis Mushaishi on drums, Pritchard Chikwama on the bass guitar while Norman Masamba, who recently recorded his debut album, played the lead guitar.

Kwedu, Kunonga’s latest album, has earned the rising star international recognition.

Recently, South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela has described Kunonga’s latest album as a potential world-beater.

The international jazz icon is convinced Kunonga is on the verge of an international breakthrough.

“Victor is fresh, dynamic international sound rooted in African rhythms is musically very superior  and will be a major surprise to the world,” said Masekela.


Comments (1)

Damn, you almost scared scared me, I thought that the devil Kunonga of the cloth and ZANU PF patriot was up to his old ways again!

Bingo wokwa Gutu - 3 June 2015

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