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Childhood pain steers Tari Mari into music

Late Mbira queen Chiwoniso Maraire’s former band member and cousin Tari Mari is making a solo comeback into the music scene with a debut six-track album titled Kumusha.

By Kennedy Nyavaya

Tari Mari performs at the launch of her debut album, Kumusha, in Harare recently. Picture: Cedric Ndoro
Tari Mari performs at the launch of her debut album, Kumusha, in Harare recently. Picture: Cedric Ndoro

The album, which was launched last week, was produced by Humphrey Domboka at JP Studios and it features Jah Prayzah in the song Our Children as well as Ba Shupi.

In an interview with The Standard Style last week, the petit songstress said her inspiration spurs from a painful childhood experience under paternal guardianship.

“I come from a long distance of pain, different kinds of pain and I think I try and sing that in my music in a certain way that I connect with other people,” said Tari, adding that her music was unique.

“I wrote my own lyrics from my heart and I think my music is different, though I could be wrong, but I have not heard someone who does the type of music that is on my album.”

Despite an initial aspiration to be a musician even as a toddler, Mari took a leaf from the iconic Maraire’s glitzy career, which moulded her into a complete musician.

“I have wanted to be a singer since I was young. I was inspired by my cousin Chiwoniso from a young age and I was quite privileged to live with her for a couple of years working in her band,” she said.

“She will never be replaced because she was an amazing artist, but I definitely take and have learnt from her and I appreciate that.”

Mari, who has since relocated to Zimbabwe from the United Kingdom where she stayed for 10 years, has pledged more music and performances.

“I am ready to go forward with music and I am hoping Zimbabwe will enjoy listening because it comes down to the listener to decide whether that is their type of music but I definitely made the music for them,” she said.

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