Firebrand sungura musician and Power Express frontman Lucky Kumene (pictured below) will launch his 2020 album titled Kavhiri Kendege at a private event to be held on December 5 at East Point (formerly Jazz 105) in Harare.
By Style Reporter
The launch will be held in compliance with Covid-19 regulations.
Speaking to Standard Style, Kumene said the new album would solidify his quest for a slot among the top five sungura musicians in Zimbabwe.
He said preparations for the launchwere going on well.
“Kavhiri Kendege is going to be my fourth studio album and I believe it’s going to cement our place in the top five sungura artistes in Zimbabwe,” Kumene said.
“We are saddened to be launching this album during this lockdown period, hence the private launch plan, but we are excited about the prospects.
“We have engaged various experts to help us plan a special yet private event that will ensure the required numbers attend and in strict compliance with the Covid-19 regulations set by government and health authorities.
“Attendance will be strictly by confirmation and we expect everyone to be in a mask, get tested and observe social distancing”
Various corporates have weighed in with support to make the private launch a success, especially given the operational challenges facing artistes in the closed Covid-19 lock-down economy.
“It’s a generally difficult environment and we are happy to have various partners on board to make this private launch a success,” he said.
“Yes, we are resource-constrained like everyone, but we want to thank our partners among them East Point, PaGango Truck Inn, Jakana Africa Micro-Finance, Dura Roof Zimbabwe, Swess Jewellery, Club Joy Centre, Eagle Focus Images as well as Esteem Communications. “It is through such synergies that we can create a viable arts industry and we want to thank our partners for weighing in with the much-needed support.”
Born on July 22, 1983, Kumene grew up in Murambinda, Buhera. He attended Mombeyarara and Rusvingo primary schools before moving to Makumbe High School and later Murambinda Government High School. He is a holder of a National Diploma in Mine Surveying and works at one of the leading mines in Zimbabwe. His love for music started at a tender age and he is happy to be living his dream.
“I started singing at a very tender age imitating the likes of Leonard Dembo and Tongai Moyo. This explains why I find it easy to fit into the shoes of these late superstars. If you listen to my vocals, the arrangement and guitars, I sound very much like my predecessors,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kumene is promising his legions of fans that have been following him since 2015 what he prefers to call a Christmas present in the form of a potential blockbuster called Kavhiri Kendege.
“I believe it’s going to be a hit because it carries seven potential hit songs in one album and our fans should expect fireworks this time around,” he said.
Kumene started recording in 2015 when he unleashed the album Poronki which carried crowd favourite Tomutsa Dewa. In 2016 he produced the album Vape Moyo and again this became a favourite for many. Another hit album came in 2018 with Ngoda yaMwari.
The album scooped the 2019 Coca-Cola Sungura Award of the year. The new production will be an acid test for Kumene given his previous successes and he promised to deliver.