Andy Brown's son vows to uphold legacy

HARARE - Upcoming artiste Alex Kimenyi Brown, 20, says he feels duty-bound to carry on the “solid legacy” left behind by his celebrated father — the late guitarist-cum-vocalist Andy Brown who passed away in 2012 aged 50.

Alex told the Daily News that he has what it takes to fill his late father’s big shoes.

“Since I am the first son, I have a responsibility to carry on the legacy no matter where I am from, where I grew up and what I feel,” said Alex.

In keeping with his mission to carry forward the Brown legacy, the young artiste is remixing some of his father’s hits.

“I am working on some of dad’s tracks to create a new feel and sharing my expression on how I would do it as a young man who has had different experiences compared to him.

“I really respect and love his music but I am just saying this is how I would have done it. His music is a root of inspiration to me and I hope it will touch on some lives and souls,” he said.

Tonight, Alex will share the stage with TariMari at Avon Restaurant in Avondale, Harare in a gig being organised by The Legacy Trust.

The concert will be a “Tip-The-Artist” show in which patrons won’t pay any entrance fee.

“This is the first time I am playing my original songs. All along I have been playing dad’s music. I have been working on perfecting my music and it’s ready. I am starting to come out of the shell and my journey begins now” he declared.

Alex has promised to perform a track called Vadiwa which he started composing with his late father, which, rather ironically, is meant to comfort those who have lost their loved ones.

“It is a track which I hope will make people relive my late father’s experience with an Alex Brown feel — youthful yet mature,” said Alex.

TariMari, who will complete the double bill at Avon Restaurant, which is owned by Afro-pop musician Tinashe Makura, is expected to popularise her recently released album Kumusha.

The songstress, who started out as a dancer and backing vocalist for her late cousin Chiwoniso Maraire, has lined up an acoustic set.

She will perform alongside Raymond Mupfumira (mbira and keyboards), Tino Mawire on congas, Nicholar Mutuwa on backing vocals, Alex Brown on guitar, and Tino Travor Musariri on bass.

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