Celebrity couples made on music stage

HARARE - Imagine going on stage with a band or choir striving to create perfect harmonies but ending up with love instead.

The Daily News on Sunday spoke to several celebrity music couples who recounted how they fell in love during a music project in which they were either backing vocalists or instrumentalists.

One such couple is Selmor Mtukudzi and Tendai Manatsa who got love-struck while on stage with afro-jazz artiste Tanga Wekwa Sando.

Selmor, daughter of music legend Oliver Mtukudzi, was a backing vocalist in Tanga Wekwa Sando’s band while Tendai, son of the legendary Zexie Manatsa, played the lead guitar.

“We met in 2002 and we were both working with Tanga Wekwa Sando. We became good friends first and only dated two years later. Whenever I reflect on our relationship I feel it is very important to be friends with your partner because that is what keeps us strong,” Selmor told the Daily News on Sunday.

The Nguva Yangu singer added that music continues to be the daily bread of the couple that has been blessed with three children.

“In fact, I have been working and performing as a duet with my husband until December 2012 when we decided to “separate’ musically,” said Selmor.

For gospel music stars, Charles and Olivia Charamba the first chapter of their love story began at an Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) praise and worship session where both parties participated.

“We met at AFM St Mary’s Chitungwiza Church in 1995. We were both music-loving youths and ministering through music was more than a passion for us.

“I was overwhelmed with the way Charles produced his music so I decided to join his Fishers of Men group as a backing vocalist. One thing led to another and we fell in love. We got married in 1997 and have been blessed with five children three girls and two boys,” said Olivia who is better known as Mai Charamba.

She said the greatest challenge they face is leaving their children behind whenever they go on long distance tours.

“Prayer and the grace of God coupled with submission and tolerance keep us going strong. When we travel for long distance tours our children are left alone and we get to miss them so much but we always try to make up time for them,” she said.

Amai Charamba added that love and marriage can only survive when mutual trust and respect subsist.

“Young couples should learn to adapt and accommodate each other. They should shun violence and learn to communicate.

“It is also important to take a leaf from tried and tested couples in society and to always have the desire to complement, appreciate and encourage each other,” she said.

Jazz musician Clare Nyakujara and acclaimed guitarist Jimmy Buzuzi worked with Mathew “Mateo” Kaunda on various gigs but little did they know that it was the beginning of a long-standing relationship.

“Along with Patience Musa and Willom Tight, I did backing vocals for Mateo on various gigs across the country. I befriended Jimmy and one thing led to another and we fell in love. We have been together since and he has produced all my projects,” Clare said.

Clare said they are managing to juggle between music and caring for their three children.

“Music is flexible as most of the work can be done at home except when we are on tours. That is when a support system is needed and the extended family can always pop in,” she told the Daily News on Sunday.

Another music couple that fell in love while making music is Bethen Pasinawako and Lyton Ngolomi.

Bethen narrated how a visit to Ngolomi’s studio was the beginning of a love story that has continued to blossom.

“We met at his studio because he is a producer. I was doing backing vocals for a guy called Emmanuel who was recording there. We had both come out of heart-breaking relationships.

“We got married the following year in 2012 and he has always been my backbone since then. We are going to be celebrating our fifth anniversary in the next two years and we have already started planning for the day,” said Bethen.

When asked about the challenges they face in their union, the Ndinzverei singer pulled the biggest joke.

“He loves Dynamos Football Club and I am a CAPS United Football Club fan and the only time that we disagree is after a match between the two teams. If mine loses I won’t cook that day and if his team is on the losing end, he also breaks down emotionally,” she said.

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