Masike releases swanky video

HARARE - Mbira star Hope Masike has released a video for her hit Ndinewe just a week after winning the 2015 National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) Video of the Year gong for the song Huyai Tinamate.

The Ndinewe video, directed by Charles Maungwa, who also did the Nama-winning video for Huyai Tinamate, was uploaded on Masike’s YouTube channel yesterday.

Unlike the Huyai Tinamate video, which some people found scary, largely because of its arvante garde costumes and lifeless make-up, the video for Ndinewe is lively and colourful.

Most of the costumes used on the video were done by talented designer Tarisayi Gwenje while Masike, who studied fine art at Harare Polytechnic, oversaw the general art directing.

Masike is confident that the new video, which was shot at Tswatography Studios in Avondale, will surpass the lofty standards set by Huyai Tinamate which has earned her a Kora nomination in the Best Traditional Musician (female) category.

“We are convinced that we have raised the bar on Ndinewe. Some people found some of the scenes on Huyai Tinamate a bit uncomfortable but this time we have made it more colourful. We used yellow and black which create a good contrast.

“I also enjoyed working with students from the Zimbabwe College of Music who were brilliant,” said the mbira songbird who collaborated with Malian music legend Salif Keita at the 2015 Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa).

Maungwa, who also directed the video for Alexio Kawara’s hit Shaina, is convinced that the new video will gain wider acceptance than that of Huyai Tinamate.

“Both videos are good but the style on Huyai Tinamate was a bit dark. The new one is a bit lighter, colourful and better,” he told the Daily News.

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