Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter
PROMINENT jazz musician Victor Kunonga is today launching his fifth album titled Ndatsva at Hellenic Cultural Centre in Eastlea, Harare.
The 14 track album is being five years after Kunonga’s fourth album called Kwedu which was released in 2014.
It was produced locally in Kunonga’s studio and mastered in South Africa. Songs in the album include Ndatsva which is the title track, I Love You, Dada, Mirira, Masithandanani, Ipa Kutenda, Vanochema Musango, Zvinodhaka, Uyo, Uyo Zvavahera, Tsika, Tinetariro, Chengeta and Sunshine City.
The album launch is set to attract a huge crowd of jazz enthusiasts from all works of life as the event promises to be top-notch.
Addressing journalists at a press conference held at Chicken Basket in Mount Pleasant, Kunonga said the album contained songs, some which were recorded four years ago.
“This album is a spectrum of many years of production. As a musician, you might not get heard every day but you will be working. For the past five years, I spent more time in the studio and learning about production and I even produced dome works for other artists so there is always work behind the scenes.
“Ndatsva the song was recorded in 2012 and it is a song about learning from one’s mistakes like if you keep making the same mistakes you will burn. On Ipa Kutenda I worked with Norman Masamba who is a lead guitarist and I thought we should also add his voice. I collaborate with a lot of artists not only people who sing but people who play instruments as well,” he said.
Kunonga also highlighted on some of the people he collaborated with to mould his Ndatsva album to what he said was the best he could produce.
“The I Love You song has a Mbungo Stars influence and it is such people who play instruments that I think would add value to my songs that I bring on board. On Sunshine City, I did the song with Chengeto Brown and it came out good.
“When I make music I do not choose a particular audience to listen to it. For the past three months, I have been hustling in Mbare and I was actually shocked to seek that I have a lot of fans in Mbare,” he said.
Kunonga said he has also equipped the less privileged children with Mbira kits in different schools across the city.
The album launch is supported by Nyaradzo Group, Pennywise Liquor Centre and Chicken Basket restaurant.