Mbira prodigy launches second album

ZIMBABWE’s youngest mbira recording artist, Tendai Mavengeni  launches her second album this Friday with a new-style Listening Session at 6pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise.

Nurtured by her father Boniface Mavengeni and mother Chengetai Kambanje, Tendai started out at the age of 10, with a timid performance at the renowned Sistaz Open Mic at Harare’s Book Café, where she was welcomed into the “village” of musicians, singers, songwriters and kindred spirits who helped in her career. 

She launched her first album Destiny at the age of 13 in 2014, and two singles Munzira yakachena and Motoroodza Here? in 2016.  Munzira yakachena got into top 20 of ZBCs National FM charts, where it sat at first place for more than two months. 

This second album Tendai is the new phase of her growth — powerfully supported and co-produced by some of Zimbabwe’s gifted and capable artists, including Victor Kunonga, Mono Mukundu and Adrian Muparutsa. 

Tendai has also enjoyed huge logistical support from Kunonga, and also moral support and guidance from women artists like Batsirai Chigama, who headed the Sistaz Open Mic programme until 2016; actress and theatre practitioner Zaza Muchemwa, and graphic designer Rudo Chakanyuka.

Guest of honour at the launch will be Farai Mpfunya, director of Zimbabwe Culture Fund, where Tendai recently became involved with the ZCF “Dreams Initiative” programme.

Tendai said: ‘”I’m looking forward to sharing my new compositions with everyone, and the opportunity to thank all those who helped me in producing the album.  
Please join me!”

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