Mutoko singer dreams big

HARARE - Mutoko-based Afro-fusion artiste Tanaka believes she has what it takes to leapfrog her brother Donovan Benard who plays for the Zimbabwe national football team in the popularity stakes.

Tanaka, whose father played for the defunct Black Aces Football Club, is determined to use her blossoming music career as a platform to bring more honour to the family name that has been associated with football for many decades.

“Thanks to my father Miriro Benard and my brother Donovan Benard who plays for both How Mine Football Club and the Zimbabwe national football team my family name is very popular in Zimbabwe. I think it is now my turn to make the Miriro name even more popular due to my success as a musician,” Tanaka told the Daily News.

The music rookie has just released two singles — Murume Wangu and Love Inokwana — as part of her strategy to promote her forthcoming album to be released later in the year.

“I am happy with the quality of my music which was produced by Oskid. I am hoping the two singles will create a lot of interest for my forthcoming album.

“I was inspired by the works of the late mbira musician Chiwoniso Maraire. She was very good and her music was irresistible,” said the 19-year-old songstress.

A spokesperson for Oskid Productions, Hillary Mutake, has described the young singer as a good ambassador for Mutoko.

“It is part of our social responsibility as Oskid Productions to scout for talent in marginalised areas like Mutoko.

“She has demonstrated her musical prowess and she impressed us. Now we are working on her full album,” said Mutake who doubles up as director of Punchline Entertainment.

Mutake, who is a former manager of Zimdancehall stars Freeman and Lady Squanda, added that Oskid Productions has a duty to provide a platform to upcoming artistes.

“We are good at identified raw talent. Oskid Productions is now a reputable brand and as a result we are no longer comfortable to be associated with mediocre stuff,” he said.

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