By Sandra Maricho
Kwekwe-based jazz musician Tonderai “Due Tonde” Dhliwayo has released a single, which he says is dedicated to mothers.
Titled Amai, the track talks about the challenges faced by mothers, including the hardships they encounter during labour and the sleepless nights they endure when raising their babies.
In an interview with Standard Style, Dhliwayo said he wrote the song as a dedication to his mother after seeing the sacrifices she made in providing for her children.
“My mother is my greatest inspiration in life. She used to sacrifice a lot to make us happy as her children. I am proud today because she taught me good values, which l will pass to my family in the near future,” Dhliwayo said.
The jazz star began his music career at a tender age in 2014 when he started as a sound engineer at Bantu Studios in the mining town.
After gaining experience at the studio, the youthful crooner decided to go solo and formed his own band.
He confirmed that he was facing a myriad of challenges in the music industry, chief being lack of finance.
“Kwekwe is a small town and there are a few sponsors and music promoters. So, it’s difficult to rise and become famous in a short space of time,” he added.
Dhliwayo is a resident performer at a hotel in the town where he has turned out into a household name musically.
He is appealing for sponsorship and partners to assist him achieve his goals of becoming one of the best guitarists like Clive “Mono” Mukundu.
“I call upon promoters to come on board and assist so as to help us live our dreams. Our music is being pirated and sold at a song and we get nothing at the end of the day,” he said.