Guitarist Mhlanga returns to Harare

HARARE - Celebrated South Africa-based guitarist and vocalist Louis Mhlanga will grace the album launch of upcoming artiste Marcy Janyure’s album at Jazz 24/7 in Harare tonight.

The Mbare-bred Mhlanga, whose song Distant Lover is the soundtrack of the Mai Chisamba Show, featured on Janyure’s album titled Ndada.

“The album has eight tracks including Usachinje Moyo on which I collaborated with Mhlanga and another track I did with Pauline Gundidza.

“Usachinje Moyo was recorded and produced by top South African engineer Gavan Eckhart,” said Janyure.

In addition to Mhlanga, the 30-year-old Janyure’s album launch is also expected to be graced by Health minister David Parirenyatwa, popular female bassist Edith WeUtonga, Afrika Revenge’s Willis Watafi, Pauline Gundidza, Soul Bone, Brick by Brick and Mbeu.

Though the line-up of invited artistes and guests includes some top names, the spotlight tonight will clearly be on Mhlanga who last visited Zimbabwe in March this year during his tour of five southern African countries that also involved Malagasy accordionist Régis Gizavo.

Mhlanga, who is regarded by many as the country’s best ever guitarist, began his career in Harare in the 1970s.

He later on got the opportunity to work with music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi and the now-defunct Ilanga.

After a glorious stint in his homeland, the award-winning guitarist and producer headed to South Africa where he worked with the late Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Sipho Mabuse, Mlungisi Gegana and the Kalahari Surfers among others.

Mhlanga’s albums include Musik Ye Afrika, Mukai, Live at the Bassline with Vusi Mahlasela, Shamwari, Stories and World Traveller.

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