Mathias upbeat on reggae career

HARARE - Multi-talented artist Julius Mathias is delighted with the way he has transformed from a top dancer with the internationally recognised Tumbuka Dance Company to reputable reggae musician.

Mathias, who recently relocated from London to New York, recorded his debut album ‘Here I Come” nine years ago after quitting Tumbuka. The Tafara-born 40 year old then released ‘Don’t Look Back’ in December 2011.

But it is his latest album ‘WekuTafara’ that has excited the former dancer. The album was launched a year and half ago in London.

“People are not getting enough of the song ‘Ndonokurevera’ on the hit album ‘WekuTafara’ in London and some parts of the world,” said Mathias.

“I have relocated from London to New York to further promote it and I am happy the album is already causing a stir here.”

Mathias, who appeared on global media platforms like the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) thanks to the success of ‘WekuTafara’, is already putting final touches to his forthcoming album that he hopes to launch in New York before the end of the year.

“I am not looking back in terms of music. This is the right time to build my career and for this reason reason, I am finalising my fourth album,” he told the Daily News on Sunday.

Though Mathias has performed with top artistes including music superstar Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, he regards his joint performance with internationally-recognised Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime at the London of ‘WekuTafara’ a year and half ago as his most memorable moment.

“Kansiime graced my last album launch courtesy of Eve1Bling Promotions that organised the event,” remembered Mathias.

“Kansiime is funny on and off stage. I had a chance to travel and attend media interviews with her. she is so clever and so hilarious.”

At the Mathias’ album launch, Kansiime, who is popularly referred to as “East Africa's Queen of Comedy" lit up the day with an hour-long stand-up comedy presentation.

“Annie joined me on the song ‘Ndonokurevera’ and she sang it in her native language which was funny too,” said Mathias who featured Tuku’s video for the song ‘Perekedza Mwana’.

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