Mono Mukundu goes nostalgic

HARARE - Celebrated lead guitarist and music producer Clive ‘Mono’ Mukundu says his latest album ‘Gwenyagitare’ is a revival of a traditional sound that he used to play in the 1990s.

Mono, who took two years to complete his latest and ninth album, is confident that ‘Gwenyagitare’ will trigger nostalgic memories among fans of “traditional sound.”

“I have gone back to the old style we used play when I was part of a group called Chikokoko that is why there is limited use of keyboards. I modernised the traditional sound by fusing it with a bit of Afro-jazz,” Mono told the Daily News.

“Chikokoko was my third band that we formed in 1990. We did the one album called ‘Ruvengo’ in 1993 which became a hit but we split soon after. We played our own brand of Zimbabwean traditional music and that is the sound I have played on this one (Gwenyagitare).”

The veteran artiste, who has produced several hits by top artistes including a recent collaboration between Jamaican reggae star Luciano and Jah Prayzah titled ‘Roots,’ is also delighted to have worked with his 16-year old son Takakunda on the project.

“He played rhythm guitar. He has been playing the guitar for the past two years and the lead guitar is his strongest area.”

Mono is confident that Takakunda, who plays the lead guitar for rising afro-fusion artiste Gary Tight as well as drums and the lead guitar for the Prince Edward Jazz Band, is destined to be a star musician.

“I haven’t experimented with his singing yet but on the instruments side he is extremely talented and focused which will make him a great musician,” he said.

The 10-track ‘Gwenyagitare’ is a mixed bag of diverse themes covering gospel and secular issues.

Potential hits include Mwana wesangano, Kuomesarana, Gwenyagitare, Munyama Hapana and No Jambwa.

The album, with a sleeve that was designed by Mono’s daughter Tariro, also has includes instrumental versions for the songs Lonely Pachaunga, Kuomeserana and Mwana Wesangano.

The veteran musician-cum-producer’s previous albums  include Anosimudza Marombe (2001), Jesu Neni (2002), Poor and Famous (2006), Super Ngezha (2007), Zivai Zvekuchema (2009), Forty (2010), Tunziyo for Jean(2012) and Chronicles of a Rough Journey (2013).

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