SA-based musician in rare feat

In a rare show of artistic depth, South Africa-based Zimbabwean musician Chris Million Masocha, pictured, is set to release two albums on the same day in April.

Masocha, who released his debut album titled Muri Huchi in 2017, has already completed recording and is planning to do the mixing and mastering with Bothwell Nyamhondera.

While most musicians would want to stick to one genre, the Port Elizabeth-based singer’s two albums belong to two different ones — sungura (Nekuti Zvatiri) and Afro Jazz (Kumhunga Hakuna Ipwa).
Kumhunga Hakuna Ipwa includes the tracks Wake up, Kuwanirwa Nyasha, Magamba, Chimbomira and Alliyah while the sungura album carries the tracks Imi Amai, Mune Nyasha, Mafaro, Tiri Mbesa and Muri Muraramisi among others.

The musician added that he is in the process of doing a DVD for the jazz album. Speaking to the Daily News from his South Africa base, Masocha said he is heading back home to see the completion of the project.

“The jazz album basically came about after realising that since coming to Port Elizabeth, we could not reach our targeted audience because the South Africans are not that familiar with sungura so we decided to invite them at least to something with which they are familiar.

“So I did these two albums to accommodate all my fans, especially sungura, because this jazz album was ready in October 2018 but I just got the feeling that my sungura fans might think I was changing my music. That’s why I decided to release both of them on the same day.

“The track Kumhunga Hakuna Ipwa explains that, kuPort Elizabeth hakuna sungura (there is no sungura in Port Elizabeth).” Masocha shared the stage with sungura kingpin Alick Macheso when he performed in South Africa on August 25 last year.

He added that he was inspired by Innocent Mpala of Zim Select Band and Macheso. They are my brothers. I was well-known at Baba Shero’s shows which I attended all the time when I came home from SA.

Born on April 13, 1980 in Mubaira, Mhondoro, Masocha did his primary education at Kawara Primary School before proceeding to Beatrice High for forms 1 and 2. He then went to Seke 4 High for his Form 3 and 4.

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