Saiwe Chimbetu bounces back

HARARE - Saiwe, daughter to the late master of song Simon Chimbetu, has bounced back into the music industry after years of wandering in neighbouring South Africa.

Married to Gaylord Mhlanga, Saiwe is putting final touches to her first studio album since 2012.

“The album, which is my third project, will be launched in December.

More information will be communicated in due course,” she said.

She has lined up some concerts as a way of promoting her forthcoming album. On December 9, she will be ministering at Revealed Church of Christ in the capital through song.

On December 22, Saiwe, a fourth born and sister to musician Suluman, will share the stage with America-based gospel sensation Shingisai Suluma at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

The HICC event will also feature scores of church choirs from different denominations courtesy of One Voice Concert.

“After releasing my second album, I went to South Africa and I was staying in Cape Town. I was working as a marketing executive.

“I got married last year. Now, I am back in the country and my fans should expect a new offering from me this festive season,” the Glen Norah-based musician said.

Her album, Shoko RaJehovah, is made up of songs: Ndovaudza Ushe, Mabata Moyo Wangu, Hakuna Mumwe, Shoko RaJehovha, MuAfrica, Mufaro Runyararo and a bonus track Wonder World Zimbabwe written by Bornface Chimedza.

Saiwe told the Daily News that she started writing songs at a tender age.

“My father taught me how to compose, write and arrange songs. I started recording music in 2000, together with my sisters, and I was in Form One. We released the album Victory. My dad produced the album.

“However, he did not market it on our behalf as he wanted us to finish school first,” said the 31-year-old musician.

After high school, Chimbetu joined the late Sam Mtukudzi’s AY Band as a backing vocalist.

“I worked with Sam on the album Cheziya and then he died,” she said.

After AY Band, Saiwe worked with a number of artistes, including Flame B and Mc Dee among others.

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