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Top banker sets up studio

Banker-cum-musician Tongai Tarubona has set up a studio to teach budding artistes how to play different musical instruments.

By Problem Masau

Tarubona, a Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe senior economist said music was becoming a serious form of employment creation, hence the need to have proper lessons for upcoming artistes.


“Music is becoming a serious business in the country and many young people are taking an interest in playing different instruments that is why I saw it fit to set up a studio where artistes can be taught how to play instruments,” he said.

The Black Identity studio is located in Harare’s central business district.

Meanwhile, Tarubona who is famed for using music as therapy after losing one of his twin daughters released his fifth studio album called, Shambakodzi.

“Shambakodzi is our Zimbabwean term for a pot, so basically my music is like that,” he said.

“You get to cook different goodies in there, so that everyone gets to have their choice and enjoy. So people should enjoy my music.”

The six track album is saturated with songs that tackle the societal ills and encourage people to be resolute in times of adversity.

The album carries six tracks which include Time, Vatete, Chiripo, Rimuka Moto, Monica and Template.

“This has been my first love since childhood, but I started doing music professionally in 2011,” he said.

“At first it was a difficult trying to juggle between my work as an economist and music. However, music and economics go hand-in-hand because both are social sciences and it became so easy for me because they relate to each other well.”

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