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Mtukudzi, Manatsa launches a 14 track album

by Mafu Sithabile
24 Jun 2011 at 08:21hrs | Views
Tendai Manatsa and Selmor Mtukudzi have launched their joint project, an album titled "Live". The couple also unveiled the accompanying DVD to the album.

"Live" is a 14-track album which carries renditions of a few all-time classics by the two musicians' fathers, Oliver Mtukudzi and Zexie Manatsa, which the couple remixed in their own unique way.

Selmor did her father's two songs, "Svovi Yangu" and "Mutserendende", dedicating the former to her husband Tendai, while the latter was revisited after the two realised that their fans liked the song whenever they performed.

Tendai, on the other hand, chose some of his father's popular hits like "Chipo Chiroorwa" and "Chivaraidze" which he played with an uncanny resemblance to his father's original versions. Fans will not help wondering whether it was not the older Manatsa singing judging by the way that Tendai's voice sounds like his father's.

The rest of the tracks are original compositions carried on the couple's albums, "Chiro" by Selmor and "Kudzoka Kwababa" by Tendai.

The video includes one of Zexie Manatsa's comic gems, "Tea Hobvu", which features the old Manatsa together with his son Tendai and daughter-in-law Selmor.

"We decided to call the album and DVD 'Live' because we wanted to share our musical experiences with our fans since music in the studio sounds different from live performances," Tendai said.

He said he decided to re-do his father's songs on the album because these were some of the hits that endeared his father to his fans and wanted to revive those yesteryear memories at the same time giving the music a new and novel angle.

The Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Cde Webster Shamu, who is also the patron of the Zimbabwe Union of Musicians, was the guest of honour at the launch which was graced the two musicians' parents and various fellow artistes.

Source - Byo24News