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Musa: Jazz’s golden voice

After exploring further into the music terrain, Patience Musa (pictured left) settled for jazz music. She has featured in a number of renowned concerts and many know her as a female voice that spiced vocals at The Other Four.

After a long time in the group, Musa moved to Jazz Invitation, where she has added a silver voice to complement Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana who has been with the group for a long time.

She has every reason to smile, playing alongside a fashionable outfit that boasts of a reputable stature in jazz circles. She is arguably one of the talented musicians who emerged in the late 90s with vast experience in the music industry and worked with some of the best youthful combinations that ever ventured in music circles.

Musa is well remembered for her part in the song Asambe Africa that Matthew “Mateo” Kaunda penned and did with his friends that included the late Fortune Muparutsa and Willbroad Muponda, popularly known as Willom Tight.

The group was known as “Mateo and Friends” and that album helped some of the musicians in the combination to launch their careers. Besides Asambe Africa the group also did an exciting track called Pamuhacha. Both songs had brilliant videos. As she began her own journey in the industry, Musa released a single titled Ndiwe, which did well on local radio charts.


Musa promises new material soon

Musa began to utilise the experience she had amassed from working with groups such as Gospel Trumpet of the Roses of Sharon fame and “Taso” (Shepherd Kunodziya) who did well with her pansula dances.

Her tenure at The Other Four band saw her stepping further up the ladder of jazz music. When she left the group to join Jazz Invitation, the diva exhibited just how comfortable she is with working with any jazz group in the country.

“My decision to leave the band came at a time when I had become flexible and feeling more comfortable to do my own thing,” she said. “I needed not be in one place but to be somewhere where I could learn new things and the zeal to work with other artists pushed me to challenge myself.”

Jazz Invitation currently comprises veteran musician Kelly Rusike (bass guitar and vocals), accomplished music instructor and keyboardist Bernie Bismark (keyboards), Simba Dembedza (drums), Vimbai Mukarati (sazaphine) and Musa on vocals.

The concept of Jazz Invitation was originally conceived by drummer Sam Mataure, who initially “invited” different musicians to play at mini festivals around the country and this brought together musicians of varied styles and taste.

“I have perfomed with the Jazz Invitation for several corporate clients around the country and at some private functions,” Musa said. “It is always interesting working with the band, considering that it has been my home from which I released my album.”

Musa had a chance to introduce her album to jazz lovers at last year’s edition of the Harare Jazz Festival where she shared the stage with the likes of two great South African acts, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sibongile Khumalo, as well as Mbare Trio and Italy’s Silvia Manco.

“My album has perfomed well on the local music scene and I am now looking up to releasing new material,” she said.

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