By Sindiso Dube
After conquering many stages and creating a fan base for herself with her angelic voice in a number of singles and an EP titled The River, Masa Caroleen will face the biggest test of her career as she launches her debut album, which might cement her position in the industry.
The album, titled Pamusoroi, will be launched on August 3 at the Jasen Mphepo Little Theatre.
“It’s called Pamusoroi, which is in the context of our culture. You say ‘pamusoroi’ as a form of respect, when you want to do something, especially when you are in the midst of elders,” Masa said.
“This album means everything to me. It’s no longer just my baby, it’s everyone’s to cut up and criticise. Some will like it some will not, but it goes with the territory. I am excited about this; it’s been a long time coming, we have been performing for three years without anything in hand to show.
“It a long took time to come up with this project and I am really excited that we took time to find our sound and I can say we have found it. My music is not one-dimensional, it’s real Afro-fusion for sure.”
Masa began recording the project last year.
“We started recording the album last year, but much of the songs were done in a space of two months. We were held back a bit by the economy, but we are here now and I thank God and also my band members, if it wasn’t for them we would not have an album to talk about,” she said.
Masa’s album launch will be graced by performances by the best tribal house ensemble Djembe Monks, Othnell Mangoma, Jesa, Mwenje and Kay Gee 40.
Her music journey started back in college where she taught herself to play the guitar.
“It started off as a hobby. When I was in college, I taught myself the guitar, but the music had already been in my blood, but I started doing something about it when I was in college in Bulawayo,” she said.
“When I came to Harare for work, I started attending Acoustic nights organised by Tariro NeGitare at the Germany Society because I needed something to do after work, then going to the Book Café for open mic till I ended up headlining them in 2014.
“I then took a break, then came back in 2016 when I formed my own band and we have been performing since then.”
Masa has performed her songs such as Ndega, The River and Ndiwe at many big stages like Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo.