Filmmaker releases debut album

HARARE - A filmmaker by profession Brighton Munaku, 25 is also into music and recently released his debut album — Bria - Totangira Ipapo.

Munaku, who studied Film and Theatre at Midlands State University said: “I started liking music at the age of 12 years. I would go to the praise and worship team during the church service so that I could get a chance to play a guitar or a keyboard.”

While in Grade 7, he met Thomas Sitashi who used to play for the late Susan Mapfumo and started his journey towards learning how to play a guitar.

“From there on, my passion for music grew. In 2017, I got the chance to record a single entitled, Moyo Wangu, which I wrote after a friend of mine had been cheated on by his girlfriend.

“One of my best friends, Humprey Nyama also features on this song,” said Munaku.

The musician said he got rare reviews from listeners around the Midlands Province who listen to Zvishavane-based YaFm radio station.

“After the debut release I didn’t stop composing as I carried my acoustic guitar everywhere. So when I was free, I would play something.

“I then recorded Ndichadzoka which I wrote after discovering that at times relationships break-up because of long distance but it’s the love that matters, distance is nothing.

“The other track was Uchandifunga, which reminds those who take advantage of others that a time shall come when I would be gone and people would then look back, but it will be too late.”

Inspired by the tracks he had recorded, Munaku decided it was time to record a full album.

“I got inspiration from my brothers Godknows Chera and Tawanda Musimwa who were also my lecturers at Midlands State University.

“Chera introduced me to Munyaiwashe Shumba who listened to my three tracks and he liked them. Shumba gave me money to go and record other four tracks to make them seven, hence the album.”

Now financially sound, Munaku then recorded a gospel track NaJesu which features Zvishavane gospel artiste Panganai Sithole after which he recorded Maitiro enyu, Paivepo and Wamuona here?

“After recording all these seven tracks I then compiled my debut album, Bria – Totangira Ipapo.

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