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Gera upbeat about 2nd album

Afro-Abantu has done well at its shows, sharing the stage with Reggae Vibes, Classique Africa and Tina at Book Café.

The outfit is made up of eight talented band members who include Chamunorwa Mangudi (Lead Guitar), Prichard Chikwama (Bass Guitar) Adam Muchenje (Drums), Nyasha Chirawu (Keyboards and Mbira) and Admire Kasaire (Keyboards). Moreblessing Tavaziva, Priscilla Shumba and Ashely Masendeke are on vocals.

Born on August 11 1981 in Harare, Gera said he had always had a passion for music all his childhood.

“I have always had a passion for music and this even came early at the age of two. My mother told me I used to dance to the late Safirio Madzikatire’s music.

“However when I was growing up I was inspired by the legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi,” said Gera.

While most of his contemporaries play genres like urban grooves and hip-hop, among others, Gera said he decided to go the jazz style because it was one genre that appealed to a cross-section of listeners.

“Through jazz music I realised that I could effectively put across issues that are at the heart of people’s day-to-day living.”

“I always cherished performing live with a band before and I assembled my own group last year.”

Gera entered the music scene through a praise and worship team at church before joining Carol Mujokoro’s group and later working with Pastor G as a backing vocalist.

With this experience he decided to go solo and released his debut project titled, Sango Rinopa Waneta which carries tracks like Marambadoro and Everytime which have been getting commendable airplay on the local stations.

Gera is currently working on a new album that is due for release in September. He has also promised to release another album next year.

“I am working on two albums and this is a compilation of the songs that I composed long back when I was still new on the local music scene.”

“I have not yet suggested a title for the September album but I am hoping that when it is released people will like it. We shall also be doing a launch for the album.”

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