Jazz 24/7 to host Mugari anniversary

HARARE - Dendera musician Nyasha Mugari and the Uncrackables will tomorrow mark the first anniversary of their entry onto the Zimbabwean entertainment scene at Jazz 24/7 in an event set to bring together a number of prominent musicians.

Mugari’s former paymaster at the Marxist Brothers, Tryson Chimbetu, Progress Chipfumo, man-of-the moment Andy Muridzo of the Dherira fame, Peter “Young Igwe” Moyo, sungura sensation Romeo Gasa, Tendai Chimombe, Sasha, Good Fellaz, Franco Slomo and Ammi Jamanda among others, are expected to perform.

Yasini Dhala, the manager of Jazz 24/7, said his joint was the place to be, adding he is optimistic the place will be packed by music lovers as has been the trend of late.

“We would want music lovers to come in their numbers. Our jazz fans need no further assurance except that the jazz feel will forever remain at the venue although we have put up a fair mix of genres, mainly sungura and jazz.”

The Jazz 24/7 manager also urged promoters to work with upcoming artistes, saying: “We are happy to promote especially these upcoming artistes. What is happening with most promoters is that they prefer artistes who have already made their name. As for Nyasha, he started his own thing and is now his own man. We are happy to support him . . .  Female artistes, the likes of Jean Masters and Tendai Chimombe have endorsed this venue. It is high time promoters look at artistes like Nyasha, Slomo among others, who are starting their own thing.

“If those big artistes like Alick Macheso, Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah among others are out of town, there are several others we can turn to. In short, we are happy to be one of those promoters associated with musicians like Nyasha.”

Dhala added that in future, they will be accommodating Suluman Chimbetu, Oliver Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah among other big names.

Ex-Marxist Brothers publicist Mugari said of the show: “It is going to be explosive. The band is in shape and ready to impress our fans, who should come in their numbers and witness the genesis of a great movement.”

Mugari last year launched a six-track album titled Discovered, comprising tracks like Kutenderera, Ronda Rinorwadza (tribute to his father who passed on while he was in the studio), Kuroora, Revenge, Zivo and Here here?

On the dendera genre, Mugari said: “When you create, you would not know it is dendera but when you listen to the music yourself, you then realise it is dendera. Even those who hear it will tell you it is dendera.”

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News earlier on the formation and prospects of The Uncrackables, Mugari said: “The name Uncrackables comes from the setup of the group. One thing that has destroyed many groups in the country is splits. I took a very different approach. The Uncrackables is a family group. The talent is there. There is a very strong bond, which draws from the respect which we have for one another and we feel nothing can separate us. We will have many projects and new songs coming out but we will remain The Uncrackables.”

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