Female musician chooses sungura beat

Bulawayo-based musician, Constance Maraire has released her second sungura album Kumafaro as she continues to make her presence felt in the genre that’s currently dominated by males.

Report by  Ranganai Dzotizei

The six-track album includes songs like Kumafaro, Dzidzo Yakanaka, Baba Ndauya, Regai Ndicheme, Mamoyo and Baba Ndauya (Instrumental).
The title track on the new album, Kumafaro, is already proving to be popular. It has topped local charts for the past month.

The 27-year-old musician took the nation by surprise two years ago when she released her debut album.

“I have always loved the sungura beat,” she said. “My desire is to spread my message through performing in those places most female artistes dread, like in bars and nightclubs.”

Inspired by veteran sungura musician, Nicholas “Madzibaba” Zakaria, Maraire penned her first song Vematongo while doing Form 2.
The song was featured in her debut album with the same title released in 2010.

Maraire has maintained a fine line, as a social commentator with her love lyrics which appeal to various age groups.

Her love for the music is inborn and like any band leader, she is currently perfecting her guitar playing skills to complement her vocal prowess.

“My passion is on playing the bass guitar and I am learning so that I can be able to determine the outcome of my instrumentation,” said the mother of one.

She cited lack of funding and poor marketing as her obstacles but said she was optimistic that things would fall into place.

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