Gweru artiste revives chigiyo music

HARARE - Chigiyo music, which was popularised by the once-popular Zig Zag band, has made a strong comeback courtesy of a Gweru-based artist Clayton Jonasi, 36.

Jonasi, who is popularly known as Chaki in music circles, is riding high on his debut album titled Chaki Volume 1 which has seen him being nominated for the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) in the Best Traditional Music category alongside Jah Prayzah and Diana Samkange.

The upcoming artiste has been delighted by the way his efforts have won the endorsement of Zima.

“I am thrilled by the response which has inspired me to work even harder after being nominated for the Zima Awards alongside Jah Prayzah who is doing well at the moment and arguably the man-of-the-moment in the musical scene locally.

“Chigiyo music was a hit in the 1980s and 1990s but the death of Zig Zag members also signalled the death of the genre. But as somebody who grew up as a Chigiyo music fan, I took the onus to revive it for the benefit of many other fans who were robbed following the death of Zig Zag band,” said Jonasi.

Chaki, who started working on Chaki Volume 1 in late 2013 before releasing it this year, also lauded Yafm for putting him in the spotlight.

“I also feel that the coming in of Yafm in Zvishavane was a blessing as my music is now getting regular airplay. I also urge national radio stations to cast their horizons outside Harare as there are a lot of talented musicians in other parts of the country who are not having access to have their music played,” he said.

Chaki Volume 1 was produced by Gweru-born producer Oskid who recently quit Borrowdale-based Kenako Music. Potential hits on the album include Mai Varamba, Seunondida, Chaki, Pisai, Network and Munopera.

The 36-year-old musician is working on another album due for release early next year which he contends is going to be better than his debut offering.

Chigiyo music fuses elements of Katekwe and Muchongoyo traditional music popular in the eastern and north western parts of Zimbabwe.

The genre got national acclaim through Zig Zag band which was based in Kwekwe. The group produced hits such as Mudzimu Mukuru, Gomo Ramasare, Chenai among others.

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