Mbira Player Brity raises the Zimbabwean Flag
Chinese-based Zimbabwean talented Mbira player and singer Brity Yonly (27) has made significant efforts to raise the Zimbabwean flag as she recently collaborated with a number of artists from across the world in her latest offering titled “Vachabaiwa” and the video was shot in China.
The “Vachabaiwa” video features a Russian actor Manakov, Kenyan dancer and Beijing Dangote henceforth it’s an international hit. This is a Jiti song, comprising of Mbira and Dinhe traditional rhythm.
The Vachabaiwa song was produced by a Harare-based producer Gibson Makumbe of VOT Studios while the full video of the song was shot in China, but edited in Zimbabwe by Marondera-based filmgrapher Angel Arts. The songs talks about how we have varying opinions as we thrive to make ends meet, making our own rules as we go. However, there are some people who are always waiting for our downfall, hoping to see us lying six feet under as they judge us being unique and mock us for being good to them.
In an interview with Brity Yonly said it has not been an easy road to get to where she is now but she is glad that the world has finally accepted and appreciates her music hence creating a platform for her to raise the Zimbabwean flag through showcasing the Zimbabwean and African culture.
“It has not been an easy journey but I am happy that people are loving my music which I fuse with mbira sound. Most of them have expressed that they love the unique sound from my music since it is original and they are used to western music. The feedback I am getting is inspiring because when people from different parts of the world appreciate my music, it gives me confidence. This has also presented me with an opportunity to raise the Zimbabwean flag high,” she said.
The 27-year-old Marondera-bred songstress who is also the founder of MuFoGwO Festival said she feels safer in the Asian country as the cases of COVID-19 have gone down significantly, allowing business to resume. She is in China after she struck a two-year deal to perform at an international tourist destination, Ling Ling International Circus in China. She has been performing there since September last year until the outbreak of COVID-19.
Brity Yonly has an album titled Mwana waMambo released in 2015 produced by Tonderai Dirorimwe from Diro Digital Studios. Last year she did a single Fame Without Money feat Datler, Proskan and Gracious Sithole. It was recorded at Verenga Empire Studios by the award winning producer Alleviate Beats and Master Flexx.
Brity Yonly’s music is inspired by the African culture, she exhibits originality and uniqueness in her music. She says her greatest inspiration came from the late Oliver Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso Maraire. She plays and teach mbira and marimba instruments, Mbira has become her trademark instrument because it gives an African melody to her music. Her mbira music has found takers around the world and this has created a platform for her to raise the Zimbabwean flag internationally.