Ex-Chiwoniso band member goes solo

HARARE - Ex-Chiwoniso Maraire backing vocalist Rumbidzai Tavaziva is set to step out of her cocoon next month as she will be launching a solo musical career.

Tavaziva, who has been operating under the shadow of big artistes in local showbiz including Maraire, Pax Afro, Victor Kunonga, Willom Tight, the late Adam Chisvo and Vibe Culture among others is launching two singles in July ahead of an album expected before year end.

“I have acquired a lot of showbiz experience during Chiwoniso’s days as we used to travel outside the country a lot.

“Apart from that, I served as a backing vocalist in a number of musical groups since 2004 when I joined Pax Afro and I am convinced that this is the perfect time to embark on a solo career and showcase my talent to the world,” the Afro-fusion artiste said.

The two singles to be released are A Mother’s Cry produced by Mokoomba’s Trust Samende and Upenyu which was recorded in South Africa. All songs are of the Afro-fusion genre.

Since Maraire’s death in July 2013, Tavaziva rose to become lead vocalist of the Vibe Culture, an acoustic ensemble that propelled Chisvo and Maraire into international icons.

“I will remain loyal to Vibe Culture, though I will pay much attention to my solo projects since Vibe Culture is made up of individual artistes including mbira maker Jacob Mafumeli,” Tavaziva said.

While performing with the Vibe Culture, Tavaziva who is also part of an all-female group called Shaishai, made up of Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Joice Warikandwa and Benita Tarupiwa among others will confine themselves to folk songs.

Shaishai is an all-female group which is into singing and promoting Zimbabwean traditional music.

“Me being the lead vocalist of the Vibe Culture, I am not comfortable with performing Chiwoniso’s compositions but only to sing folk songs such as Nhemamusasa among others,” she said.

Since 2013, Tavaziva performed with the Vibe Culture in different joints and platforms such as

Harare International Festivals of the Arts (Hifa), Book Cafe and City Sports Bar’s weekly Jam Session among others.

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