RISING mbira sensation Chengeto Brown, daughter of the late music legends Andy Brown and Chiwoniso Maraire is following in her parents’ footsteps.
BY NICOLA GIBSON
The 20-year-old musician who started playing mbira and a guitar at the tender age of 12 last week saluted her parents whom she said mentored her to be the musician she is today.
“I am what I am today as a result of my late parents. I learnt a lot through them both in their triumphs and downfalls,” she said. “I learnt to make music for love and I am forever grateful for the love of music they imparted in me.”
Apart from her collaborations with some of her siblings, Brown, who is yet to release an album, has promised some new material in August.
“I am in the studio working on some singles that are set to be released soon,” she said. “Apart from the singles, I will be releasing an Extended-play in August.”
Brown, who was featured on her sister Ammara’s hit single Watchu Want, has promised more collaborations.
“The Watchu Want project was amazing. Ammara is among those people who inspire me and combining our voices on this song was a great experience.
“Ammara is the kind of artiste who gives you the space to express yourself as an artiste,” she said.
Brown has made great strides in her career having worked with music legends like Oliver Mtukudzi and Salif Keita from Mali.
She said she cherished working with some international artistes such as the famous Jamaican dancehall icon Phatcat.
“I started playing mbira after the death of my mother. Growing up I always connected more with the guitar or piano and as of late, mbira has become more of my instrument than anything else,” she said.
The young and talented Brown has showcased her amazing talent at events such as Shoko Festival.