Netherlands-based Vee Kay charts new course

HARARE - Bouyant songstress Vimbai “Vee Kay” Zimuto, who is based in the Netherlands, has collaborated with local stars Andy Muridzo and Bryan K on two singles as part of her new strategy to take her music career to a new level.

Vee Kay’s duet with Muridzo titled Lobola will be released on December 5 while the collaboration with Bryan K named Huya Undibate will be unleashed onto Zimbabwean audiences in February next year.

Even though she has two albums under her belt — Ndawana Mukana (2007) and Kure Kwemeso (2013) — Vee Kay is still relatively unknown in her homeland.

The songstress is hopeful that her four-year break from releasing a new album has enabled her to come up with what she believes is a “winning formula.”

“After my second album, I decided to take another strategy since the one I was using was not delivering as much as I wanted. I am working on my third album hoping not to keep making the same mistakes and working harder than before,” she told the Daily News.

In line with her new tactic, Vee Kay has roped in several Zimbabwean producers in a bid to create a sound that resonates with her land of birth.

She is determined to infuse this new sound on her third album to be released in April.

“I am currently working on my album which I want to launch in Harare God willing. This album is being done by Zimbabwean producers all over the world that include Chiweda from Jah Prayzah’s JP Studios, Solomon Bill Sunguro based in Canada, Spencer Masango Track Records and Oskid Tapfuma,” she said.

The Chitungwiza-born artiste is convinced that her new strategy will endear her with music fans particularly in her land of birth.

“I am already doing a lot of work here in Netherlands but I need my Zimbabwean people to know me and hear my music too; that is why I am pushing very hard.

“As they say Charity begins at home. I have a good feeling about this time in my career as an artiste and am positively geared on,” she told the Daily News.

In addition to new songs, the former backing vocalist in music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s Black Spirits band is also working on new videos.

“I am working closely with Simba Gee who is doing most of my videos at the present moment. I come to Zimbabwe at least three times a year since I need the Zimbabwean touch on my productions. I recently released my single called Dariro Rerudo. The video of the song was shot at my rural home in Gutu Kwamurairwa in August this year,” said Vee Kay.

Vee Kay released her debut album titled Ndawana Mukana in 2007.

“I did Ndawana Mukana just before I joined Tuku. I then released the album Kure Kwemeso in 2013 at Mono Mukundu’s Monolio Studios,” she said.