Hope Masike, Sulu collaborate

HARARE - Songtress Hope Masike, who is better known as the Mbira Princess, has collaborated with Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu on a just-released track titled Tingwarire.

The song, to be released on four radio stations today and was produced by Clive Mono Mukundu at Monolio Studios in Harare, features mbira artiste Jacob Mafuleni and ex-Fogo Fire leader Solo Makore who is part of Suluman’s Orchestra Dendera Kings.

Suluman, who once collaborated with the late mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire, told the Daily News that he felt honoured to team up with another highly-rated mbira musician.

“I am one of the artistes who love mbira music. I respect Masike because she is a hard- working musician and I like her music. When she came up with the idea of a duet, I was also pleased with it,” Suluman said.

According to Masike’s publicist Luckmore Muzava, the song is about two lovers warning each other against dubious characters who pretend to be friends yet they seek to destroy.

He added that the duet will be launched today in a unique style.

“It is set to be released in a unique fashion by being played for the first time at the same time on four major stations, Power FM, Radio Zimbabwe, Star FM and ZiFM Stereo,” said Masike’s spokesperson, adding that the new duet was part of Masike’s attempt to fuse her mbira beat with various genres.

“Remember, Masike once fused mbira with hip-hop in an EP with a Zimbabwean Christian hip-hop band called the Monkey Nuts before merging the African traditional instrument with Scandanavian jazz with the international trans-cultural band Monoswezi,” said Muzava.

Despite having only two albums under her belt — Hope and Mbira, Love and Chocolate — the widely-travelled Masike has risen to be one of the country’s leading mbira artistes.

Her track The Land, off her debut project, was made the theme song for the All Africa Heads of State Summit held in Washington DC in 2014.

Meanwhile, Masike is scheduled to make a donation of sanitary pads to Jairos Jiri and Chinyaradzo Children’s Home today under her pledge-a-pad initiative.

“Hope wants to help restore and maintain girls’ dignity by pledging sanitary pads to girls especially those from marginalised backgrounds.

“The initiative will be taken around the country with plans to donate more in Karoi already underway as she has already mobilised the Karoi business community and the Member of Parliament for the area, Sarah Mahoka to rally behind the initiative,” Muzava said.

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