Pinjisi lauds sungura veteran Zakaria

HARARE - Rising sungura musician Howard “Watenzi” Pinjisi says featuring veteran artist Nicholas Zakaria on his latest and  seven — track fourth album Chirambawasara has propelled him into the limelight.

The 32-year-old Orchestra Ndorochena front man featured Zakaria on the track Vakuru Vedu (Vaimbi Vekare).

“Zakaria is one of the most respected sungura musicians in the country hence the move to collaborate with him on my latest album. This has generated a lot of publicity on my project because Zakaria is a big brand. He is arguably the most senior sungura artiste in Zimbabwe.

“Some are buying the album because of him and this will also give them the chance to see how good I am too,” said Pinjisi.

The Mutoko-born artiste added that he was pleasantly surprised when the modest Zakaria agreed to work with him on the album being marketed by the Zimbabwe Music Corporation.

“He rarely features on other musicians’ albums but thank God he agreed to help me on this project. I benefited immensely from his vast musical experience,” said the former bassist for Ngwenya Brothers and Gift Amuli’s Zvishavane Sounds.

Songs making Chirambawasara are Handidi Naye, Kumafaro, Kupera Kwemwedzi, Dandi Raatenzi, Dangwe Rangu, Shumba Mhazi and Vakuru Vedu featuring Zakaria.

Pinjisi dropped his first album titled Umbiridzo in 2008. The track Mai Tambu off the debut offering announced his arrival as a serious competitor on the sungura music scene.

His other albums are Dadiso and Chenjedzo.

Pinjisi told the Daily News that he was inspired to venture into music by the late sungura music star Ephraim Joe, Zakaria and the famous Khiama Boys.

“I grew up in Katsukunya village in Mutoko listening to the music of Ephraim Joe, Nicholas Zakaria, the late Leonard Dembo, and John Chibadura and many other sungura artistes. These musicians really inspired me” he said.

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