Urban grooves acts plan concert

HARARE - The urban grooves movement is planning a concert scheduled at the Kingfisher in Harare on Friday featuring some of the biggest names from the genre.

The show is being organised by Taurai Mandebvu and Boss Trey.

“We are basically getting together to celebrate the movement which is now 16 years old. This is to celebrate the contribution made by the movement to the music industry.

“We are expecting a good turnout but if not it will still be okay. We would have done our part to appreciate their support by putting together this show,” Mandebvu said.

He promised that it was going to be an annual thing, trying to revive their genre. “All the artistes on the poster have confirmed so unless something changes they will all come through.”

Artistes on the poster include, Cindy, Diana Samkange, Pauline, Tererai, Ex Q, Goodchild, Trevor Dongo, DJ Smiley, Leonard Mapfumo, Sanii Makhalima, Nox, Trevor Dongo, Ba Shupi, Nesto, Ngoni Kambarami, Adrian Tati, Xtra Large, Madiz, Maskiri and others.

Urban grooves is made up of different music genres.

According to Joe Machingura, a music producer, it started off in the days of Fortune Muparutsa who sang Kanda Matombo, Tendai Mupfurutsa (Prince Tendai) who sang Character and, Kevin and Muzi who sang Ncamu Ncamu.

“The sound was different as people were used to sungura or chimurenga music and this was all too foreign to them. But it was the new sound and it was coming with full force.

“Then came the early 2000s when Jonathan Moyo at first introduced the 75 percent local content policy which required all radio stations to support local products.

“That was the time that the movement grew, but still it did not have any name.

“Innocent Tshuma then coined the term ‘Urban Grooves’ when he was a DJ at Power FM at that time. So that name stuck and it is still there today,” he said.

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