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Mbira queen ventures into poetry

by Shelton Muchena
05 Mar 2021 at 11:33hrs | Views
Finest mbira queen and jazz musician Ruvimbo Hope Masike, professionally known as Hope Masike dedicated much of her time during the Covid-19-induced lockdown exploring different ventures.

The ventures included compiling her second poetry anthology Dhuku Rangu , whose launch is set to coincide with World Poetry Day on March 21.

This follows her maiden poetry book titled Ask Me Again, which was premiered at Delta Arts Gallery on February 20, 2020.   
This added another element to her profile, album will be launched tomorrow at her YouTube channel.

The album is titled ‘Tsubvubone'.  (Black is Beauty) Masike has been working on this project for more than 6 months during the lockdown, The new offering has been much awaited by her followers.

Masike is expected to live up to her high standards as evidenced in previous albums.

Masike rose to fame through her ability to play mbira. She has always addresses the issue that she is not a spirit medium but simply likes to play the mbira.

She however also loves modern instruments. Masike She has toured other continents, "played mbira and sung in shona to an audience that understood neither the language nor the instrument, yet still enjoyed it, I understood the universal nature of music. I thank our ancestors for leaving us gifts such as mbira. And thank God, Unesco finally recognised mbira as Recognised Intangible heritage of the People of Africa."

She has also shared the stage with iconic figures such as Salif keita, Oliver Mutukudzi, Zahara and Mafikizolo among others.

Source - Shelton Muchena