Mbira prodigy to release two singles

HARARE - Tendai Mavengeni (15), who was touted as Zimbabwe’s youngest mbira recording artiste when she launched her debut album titled Destiny two years ago, has bounced back with two singles.

The young artiste will release two singles — Motoroodza and Munzira Yakachena — off her album titled Tendai on Friday at Alliance Francaise.

The first song tackles issues encountered by the girl child on a daily basis while Munzira Yakachena is a plea for protection to the gods from the evils that are haunting the world.

The young mbira protégé is confident that singles to be released on Friday will be of a higher standard than those on her debut album.

“I am excited over this project. I know I have grown from the first project.  I hope people will love the effort we have put in the project,” said Tendai.

Her producer, Adrian Mparutsa, has been impressed by Tendai’s song-writing ability.

“Being part of this creative process has been a good experience working with a very young artiste who has so much depth.

“Her writing is very profound and subjects you to a lot of introspection. As the producer all I had to do was magnify her thoughts to bring out the musical product,” said the multi-talented Mparutsa, who studied jazz at the University of Cape Town.

According to Boniface Mavengeni, the father of the young artiste, Tendai is the second Zimbabwean woman to play the complex Nhare mbira after Mbuya Stella Chiweshe.

“I would like to see her excel in both her art and academics to make her a full-rounded individual.

“We argue sometimes, about lyrics and the way the music is arranged, but we want her eventually to be able to stand on her own, so she must learn the business side of her art without us interfering but giving advice.  In the end, the final decision on what stays is hers,” said Tendai’s father.

Born in December 2000 in Harare, Tendai is a student currently doing her Form Three at Mabelreign Girls’ High.

Tendai has a passion for music, particularly traditional music, influences she acquired from the music she grew up listening to.

She started playing mbira (Nhare) at the very young age of nine, taught and mentored by respected mbira players Trymore Guchi Jombo and Brezhnev Guveya.

In the ensuing years, she went on to win a number of awards and medals at primary school level, performing at various platforms and events.

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