By Kennedy Nyavaya
Versatile musician Ulenni OkaNdlovu has put down the release of an Extended-Play (EP) and music promotion tours across the country and region as part of his resolutions for 2020.
Born Lenny Ndlovu, the multidisciplinary artiste is riding the crest of a wave on his hit single Cava featuring rising producer Liberaxe, which gained continental acclaim last year.
Following up with the release of Lento iLit last month, the duo will be hoping to rekindle the magic which saw Cava getting frequent airplay on regional television channel Channel O in addition to featuring in esteemed arts events in Nigeria and the United States.
“We will be releasing an EP this year and after it comes out we shall move out of the studio for tours locally and regionally to make sure that the people get the music around which is part of the plan,” he said.
“We have been working and the content is there, so we are still finalising how to compile it and make a solid project.”
Doubling as a lead vocalist for Bantu Spaceships, an alternative music duo, Ulenni added that they are on a mission to push the boundaries by diversifying local music which has fared dismally beyond the country’s borders.
“If you look at the world, it’s exploring the future so sticking to the traditional way of doing things is more of a limitation, but subcultures are all about experiment and being in a global space for our stories to be heard,” he added.
Meanwhile, they have been exploring the urban market’s will to buy musical work by uploading their music on paying platforms as well as selling the singles, but bemoan lack of appreciation by the majority of the audience that has gotten used to receiving content freely online.
“We are trying to push that culture where people get to buy Zimbabwean music unlike just dropping it on social media for the love of likes and views,” Ulenni said.
“We are trying to build a culture where people can consume and put monetary value to the craft that we are pushing.”