Afro-jazz protégé ready for the world

HARARE - They say all that is blessed by your parents will reach greatness. So is the story of Myrah Dube, 24 an immensely talented afro-jazz diva whose father bought her first guitar while her mother bought her the first performance dress.

Growing up in Masvingo, she relocated to Bulawayo at the age of 11. “The music started at an early age and I remember that while at school in Masvingo I was a darling of our school as I could sing well and converse in isiNdebele, something few could do. Like they say being multi-lingual sometimes creates opportunities even when they are limited.”

The intrinsic passion saw her sing her way into church choirs but it was at Sizane High in Bulawayo that the tell-tale signs became apparent. “Sizane High was quite a launchpad and after High School I never looked back. I then enrolled at Zimbabwe Academy of music in Bulawayo because I felt I needed to start from somewhere.

“I was concentrating on Classic music particularly Beethoven and Mozart. The college experience was critical in teaching me technique, timing, how to present my music, how to compose and even how to read notes because at church and high school there was no such exposure.”

Today Myrah is also an all-rounder who can play piano, mbira, guitar and congas with ease.  While she is currently working with session musicians, she is in the process of assembling her own band.

The afro-jazz protégé has released a 10 track album titled Introducing Myrah recorded at Claude King Productions in South Africa. “The album was recorded in late 2014 but the marketing and distribution started this 2015 and I am really encouraged by the response. It is receiving favorable air-play on local radio in South Africa.

“The album which has everyone’s story from housewives, lovers and my faith as well as other everyday experiences has seen me being interviewed by BBC which is quite an honour.”

Plug songs on the album include Shumba Woye, Ndiri Ndega, Ndoenda, Ndotenda and, African Day while the song Nhamo bemoans social challenges that we have to grapple with on a daily basis.

And she is inspired by other musicians. “Locally I am inspired by artistes like Cynthia Mare, Tariro neGitare whose acoustic nights made me discover what I could do with my talent and of course Oliver Mtukudzi. I actually remember waiting for Mtukudzi at Pakare Paye for over two hours just to make sure I make the most of an appointment I had made with him. “Internationally, artistes like Tracy Chapman, Zahara, Lira, Fatoumata Diawara among others really give me the nudge to continue exploring new horizons.”

The songstress who also happens to be a fashion model said she does not doubt the depth of talent that “we have as a country but from my observation what most of our artistes lack is the professional approach and finesse required for one to make an impression when it matters.

“Some musicians lack proper management which is a pre-requisite for growth but I personally believe I am poised for greater heights in this industry. As Myrah, I have really done my homework and it is my hope that the groundwork done will give birth to results”.

The songstress is locally managed by Esteem Communications, a public relations consultancy company. And she has a professional approach to her art. “As a musician, I believe in professionalism and locally I have enlisted the services of Esteem Communications to handle my affairs.”

Comments (1)

This lady has it and I am sure she is definitely going far. Bhora mberi tete

Tekky Moyo - 19 June 2015

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