Chipfumo, Jibha set jam session alive

HARARE - Talented guitarist and vocalist Progress Chipfumo was the toast of the night at this week’s City Sports Bar Monday Jam Session where the showcase also introduced gifted Herbert Chapita, 58, who took revellers down memory lane by playing superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s yesteryear hits.

While Mbare-based Chapita, popularly known in the music circles as Jibha once performed with Thomas Mapfumo and Pied Pipers among others, he says he has always been inspired by Mtukudzi.

Indeed Jibha is inspired by Mtukudzi as exhibited by the way he flawlessly sings the star’s songs as cover versions. He had the packed house singing along to Mtukudzi’s popular tunes that included Ndiri Bofu, Street Kid and Peace. And not only could he sing the songs, his stage performance mimicked Mtukudzi’s style, the dance and all.

“I was inspired by Mtukudzi so I like to sing like him. I ventured into showbiz in late 1980s and became one of the few artistes to go commercial by then though I did not have an album under my name.

“I have composed more than 10 albums but did not have the chance to record since 1989 when I founded Scud band.”

Jibha’s story shows that it is never too late to fulfil one’s dream as he is fast approaching senior citizen age but still determined to work on his debut project Kurwa Hakubatsiri.

“My forthcoming album is a six track project and I am being assisted by Kireni Zulu in polishing it. I do not want to rush the project as I want to produce an A-class product,” he said.

Zulu confirmed working with the Mbare-based artiste.

“We want to produce a product fit for both mature and young people,” Zulu said.

Meanwhile, Chipfumo thrilled the joint as he dropped hit after hit. Fans sang along with him on tracks including Vakaramba Vana, Ngwena and Mai Makanaka among others.

Potato, one of the few surviving pioneers of dancehall music now popular in the country as Zimdancehall took fans down memory lane as he belted yesteryear hits from different artistes including the late Andy Brown’s Mapurisa, Innocent Utsiwegota’s In My Dreams as well as Tairos Tendaupenyu’s all-time hit Furuwa released in 1984 much to delight of fans.

Other music acts that delighted revellers include Chikomana Shaddy who showed his bass guitar playing prowess and Sebede.

Dancehall Queen Sister Flame was among the few female musicians who performed on the night and showed how sisters do it in the world of Zimdancehall.

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