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Mataruse’s star keeps shining bright

Rising musician Munya Mataruse has proved to be a cut above the rest of his contemporaries through composure and hard work.


The young musician has had an advantage of being mentored by superstar Oliver Mtukudzi since his primary days in the industry.

He learnt a lot from the music icon and has been steadily following his master’s footsteps.

Mataruse is one of the shining examples of musicians that were trained at Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre.

He has been in his master’s shadow on many occasions, performing as a curtain raiser at most of his shows and seeking advice on most of his projects.

The way Mataruse and Mtukudzi’s voices blend on the former’s song titled Hondo is testimony to the strong student-teacher relationship the two have.

Mataruse will once again be in his tutor’s shadow on Friday when they share the stage at the “Last Gig” at City Sports Centre.

The show will also feature Sulumani Chimbetu and Winky D.

Speaking about the gig, Mataruse said it was his chance to prove that he has grown after years of mentorship.

“I am honoured to share the stage with my mentor and other big names in the industry. Everytime I share the stage with such big names, I feel belittled because of their prowess,” said Mataruse.

“I will be looking forward to giving people the best in my slot and ensure that I prepare them well for the big acts.

“It will be a time to exhibit many good things that I have learnt from my mentor.”

A multi-talented young artist

Born on January 22 1988, Munya Mataruse started learning the arts at primary school. He learnt dance, percussion and marimba music.

He auditioned for the percussion band and became a bass drummer. He then joined the marimba band, learning local traditional beats like jiti, mhande, chinyambera and jikinya.

After his secondary education, he enrolled at Pakare Paye Arts Centre for a music course.

After just six months of grooming at Pakare Paye, he featured in a show at the centre with various renowned artists such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Steve Makoni, Victor Kunonga, Poda Muriwa and the late Sam Mtukudzi.

He then joined Bandarimba band, a group that introduced him to the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) in 2005 and that was the year that he also started learning acoustic guitar.

In 2007 he took part in the Victoria Falls International Jazz Festival and Harare Jazz Festival and was part of the Winter Jazz Festival in 2009.

That was the beginning of his rise to the limelight. Since then, his star has been brightening with each performance. Despite this growth, he has managed to maintain composure and continues to seek guidance from his superiors.

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