The album was released after the group went for a 15-year sabbatical. Transit Crew justified their absence from the studio with an impressive 11-track CD rich in both texture and appeal but the reggae band seems to be heading down the drain by showing some signs of lack of creativity after releasing the three singles.
The three singles include Muti that seems to be a favourite of many. The other song is known as Vavengi while the last song African Girl is a track that is set to be popular with women as it talks about the need to appreciate the roles played by African women in building our societies.
A number of reggae fans were expecting another scorcher and it doesn’t make sense that the crew have been in the studio for almost two years only to come out with just three singles. Early this year Transit Crew promised their fans that their fifth album, since 1988 would be released between June and July.
Shephered Chabata, Transit Crew publicist said: “Three singles are better than nothing, again they pave way for a full album that is coming soon.” As far as playing the instruments, Transit Crew consists of the best bassists, guitarists and keyboardists in the country.
Even their vocalists who include Emmanuel Motsi, Rungano Chaza and Jeffrey Sithole are among the best.
A BRIEF HISTORY ON TRANSIT CREW
Transit Crew is one of Zimbabwe’s first reggae bands formed in 1988 and it has been in the industry for more than 20 years. The band was founded by Munya Brown, then a member of Misty in Roots. He worked with the group until a road accident led to his relocation to the United Kingdom, from where he is still mentoring the group.
The band has performed at international stages including Harare International Festival of Arts in 2008 and a tour of Japan in 1990. It has supported Jamaica’s top reggae artists such as Culture, Dennis Brown, Ijahman Levi, Eric Donaldson and Shabba Ranks. They were the backing band for British based Dub poet called Benjamin Zephania in the late 1990’s. They also performed with South African Reggae icon, Lucky Dube, at the Macufe Festival in Bloemfontein.