Mbira DzeNharira to launch 12th album

HARARE - Mbira DzeNharira will launch their 12th album next month which will reflect on the gruelling journey the group has traversed since its formation in 1987, band founder Tendayi Gahamadze has said.

Titled Bvungurungwi KwaWaze, the seven-track album comprises hits such as Karomo which is about the consequences of a loud mouth.

The highly-anticipated album also boasts of potential hits Ndimi Makabara, which is a solemn plea to ancestors to come to the rescue of impoverished Zimbabweans as well as Zamu Rambuya which, loosely translated, means grandmother’s breast is the best.

Gahamadze told the Daily News that the soon-to-be-launched album mirrors the power of deep-rooted connection between music and culture.

“Bvungurungwi KwaWaze tells the story of myriad ancient African spirits chasing away evil spirits. This is the beginning of a creation of a mbira sound earlier dreamt of but physically unheard sounds for the princes and princesses, kings and queens of the universe,” Gahamadze.

According to Mbira DzeNharira’s manager, Takudzwa Chikepe, songs on the forthcoming album were first sampled in December last year at Mashingaidze Farm.

“At the end of last year, Mbira DzeNharira was invited to perform in the Msengezi farming area. It was a celebration of Mbuya Mashingaidze’s 90th plus birthday. She is a well-known and respected spirit medium in Msengezi and Gahamadze was born in the same area at farm number 203.

“When the song Karomo was played Mbuya Mashingaidze rose and danced like a teenager and everyone stood in awe marvelling at the strength of the spirit that had been invoked; a spirit larger than life,” he added.

Chikepe is convinced that mbira lovers will fall in love with Bvungurungwi KwaWaze’s quality sound.

“When it came to choosing a recording studio, Ike Mhlanga, a highly-accomplished recording engineer of Digital Zone Studio was ushered into Mbira DzeNharira’s path.

“The quality and clarity of sound and the highly-mathematical precision of the synchronisation of four mbiras and one rattle (hosho) spells a distinct outburst of a musical revolution,” said the Mbira DzeNharira manager.

Chikepe added that the album will be packaged in three formats.

“This will result in the launching of all three categories (DVD, Audio CD and instrumental) in October this year at a venue to be advised. Mbira DzeNharira greatly thanks fans and supporters for walking in the same path with the group’s vision and prophecy,” he said.

The current Mbira DzeNharira, led by Gahamadze, is a remnant of the bigger group that split in 2005, leading to the formation of three additional groups.

The three other groups were Mawungira eNharira, led by Wilfred MaAfrika (Nyamasvisva), Nhare Dzechirorodziva led by Chrispen Munjondi and Mbira dzeMuringa founded by Micah Munemo.

Despite the split, the Gahamadze-led Mbira DzeNharira went on to record albums that included Fare Fare Tindike, Todya  Pfora and Nyamubvambire Wamuka.

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