Mutare-based sungura musician Brian Samaita is enjoying a new lease of life after his decision to reassemble his band and stage live shows.
By Staff Reporter
Samaitahad disbanded his band Murondatsimba Express to concentrate on his business. This resulted in him falling into musical Siberia .
After realising his mistake last year, he reassembled his band and released his third album Tsono. Since then, he has kept the group intact although his live shows have been confined to corporate functions.
“I was not doing much of live shows. I occasionally performed at corporate functions and weddings,” he said.
The musician, whose music is more popular in Mozambique than in Zimbabwe said he had broken from the cocoon and was now doing live shows.
“Since the beginning of the year, I have been doing live shows in Mutare and Mozambique. You will realise that I took part at a show at Sakubva Stadium [in Mutare] where I left fans clamouring for more and from there, I haven’t looked back,” he said.
Last Monday, the musician — a close buddy of the late Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo — stole the limelight when he performed at the Jam Session at the City Sports Bar in Harare. To spice up his act, he roped in Utakataka Express duo of Gift “Shiga Shiga” Katuliki and Spencer Khumulani.
He said his Monday performance was out of this world and made him fall in love with Harare people.
“I did not know that I have a huge following in Harare. The response I got from Harare people was amazing and so motivating,” he said.
He said promoters in Harare were now jostling for him after his Monday performance.
“I am getting many calls from Harare promoters and clubs who want us to perform there. We are coming back to Harare in two weeks’ time,” he said.
The musician said he would embark on a nationwide tour after the release of his fourth album expected in October. He said his new album, which carries five tracks will feature gospel singer Blessing Shumba.
“One of the songs, Ndinokutendai, from the forthcoming album seems to be a favourite of many as evidenced at our live shows,” he said.
Samaita has three albums — Nemiwo Munazvo, Murodzi Wepfungwa and Tsono — which he said were better received in Mozambique than in Zimbabwe.