By Eve Doma.
Harare, Zimbabwe. (News of The South)-
After a series of successful collaborative projects; touring and sabbaticals in Europe and USA from between 2014 and 2017, the long awaited Debut Album “NGATIDANANE”, by international touring Afro folk Zimbabwean musician and cultural ambassador Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu, is to be finally released! According to revelers, the cd which is to be launched at Zimbabwe German Society on the 10th of February is highly anticipated by Nyamarebvu’s local and international fans.
According to Nyamarebvu, Ngatidanane the 11 track album is a solo acoustic project inspired to give audiences an up-close experience of his natural vocal chants with a musical accompaniment of Zimbabwean nhare mbira and acoustic guitar rhythms.
“This solo concept is a specialty that hasn’t been experienced in the local music scene for quite sometime, Nyamarebvu excitedly says”. With this album, l am slowly orienting and subconsciously saying to the audiences, “welcome to my music”, “welcome to my brand”, in an intimate artistic fashion.
Songs that feature on Nyamarebvu’s album include; the title track “Ngatidanane- Let’s Give peace a Chance” ,a song that resonates with the world peace banner. The title track also has an official video which was shot and directed in the USA during Nyamarebvu’s recent tour in 2017 , scheduled for release soon. Yorira Nhare (Mbira Spirit) and Natsa (Lamentations) exhibit deep cultural nhare mbira rhythms and powerful chants, Mwanangu mharadzi “Ohh my son”,Rumurika and Zvikoni (Incantation) are some of the tracks also featuring on the 11 track album.
Nyamarebvu says he has been working on his debut album in studio since 2012 giving it ample time to evolve and is confident that the album will resonate with worldly audiences and more so in particular his Zimbabwean fans as his message is sung in his home language, Shona. “Uyu musambo unobata vomumusha kunyanya nokuti wakabva mumusha”, “This musical message should impact my homely audiences mostly because home is where l draw most of my musical inspiration, says Nyamarebvu.
Nyamarebvu is also scheduled to host a celebration event dubbed Album Release Party to be held on the evening of the 17th of Feb at Pakare Paye Art Centre in Norton, the weekend after his launch.
He says that this event shall include a listening session of the album with the audience where he will be chatting about the inspiration behind the project, a mix and mingle with free photo sessions for his fans, a documentary film screening session of “Ngatidanane- the Documentary” which highlights the various Ngatidanane-Let’s Give Peace A Chance same-song separate collaborations he did in the US with 13 musicians from 17 countries. To top it up finally till late, the after party to celebrate the new cd at the popular Oliver Mtukudzi’s Norton arts venue.
Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu is a Harare-based singer-songwriter and mbira player. Drawing inspiration from traditional folk styles and performing with homemade instruments, Munyaradzi addresses African, Ubuntu and humanitarian issues through his music. He has toured internationally, performing with numerous world music ensembles featuring players drawn from across Europe, America, Asia, Russia and Africa. “I believe that music should unify people and impact positivity, peace and love in the society,” says Munyaradzi. “Music should touch on critical societal issues and speak for the voiceless as well as reflect culture.”
He has had various collaborations with renowned artists including; Wally Warning an American Germany-based musician, toured in Germany and Vienna- Austria with Jamaram (German band), collaborated with classical musicians in Munich 2014-2015 and has also collaborated and toured in various US states with several musicians from different parts of the world ,through a US arts initiative called One Beat in 2017.
Nyamarebvu was Artist in Residency at Villa Waldberta in Germany 2014 and at Caldera Arts Center, Oregon USA in fall 2017.
Munyaradzi also engages in various social building initiatives to uplift the society in Zimbabwe and international communities through art and culture projects and workshops.
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