Selmor Mtukudzi took a bold step to pull herself out of the shadow of fellow musicians from her family through her latest album titled Expressions.
BY DALPHINE TAGWIREYI
Born to music legend Oliver Mtukudzi and married to renowned guitarist Tendai Manatsa, son of yesteryear music great Zex Manatsa, Selmor has a rich music background.
She and her husband were part of the now defunct multi-talented outfit, Pax Afro that rocked the local music scene with world-class hits a few years ago.
But, this year Selmor decided to take the bull by its horns and venture into the fierce music jungle with a solo project, after working with her husband on her previous album.
The new album’s main focus is love and relationships. She encourages couples to live happily together and avoid negative influences from outsiders.
“The album is a pot of different tones. Some of the songs are about my life experiences as a girl-child. It is about expressing my feelings, as well as what other women have experienced,” she said.
“It is quite unfortunate that people still believe that men are better than women and they are not accorded the same rights and privileges.”
Selmor said she wants to be an example to her fans and fellowmusicians to show that women can successfully challenge the male-dominated industry.
“Female artists are still overlooked in the industry because people still have the perception that boys are better than girls.” Her separation musically from her husband was an idea that they had a long time ago before coming up with Expressions.
Music, to Selmor comes after family duties because most of the family members have been of great influence to her career now that she stands solo with Tendai helping on the technical side, Selmor believes she is reaching for the stars and will not remain embedded in the shadows.