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Mbeu eyes African market

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

AFRO-FUSION artiste Ashton “Mbeu” Nyahora says he has invested in learning and exploring the African continent’s heritage and culture which he claims to interconnect with his music.

“Africa has such a rich heritage and diverse culture that resonates with my being and music,” said Mbeu.

The Pakare Paye Arts Centre protégé said he had earmarked to grow his fan base in the

African region and had lined up activities to commemorate Africa Day today.

“In celebration of being African, I will perform at a virtual Africa Day luncheon tomorrow (today) at the Pan African Restaurant in Harare before releasing a live production of our track titled Africa and a surprise    project in east Africa,” he said.

“We would have loved to produce the video of the track Africa in at least four countries on the continent, but there are still COVID-19-induced travel restrictions.

“Also we would have loved to treat followers of our craft at such an opportune time as the Africa Day commemorations.”

Mbeu is riding high with his latest collaboration with Mambo Dhuterere titled Ndoringa Imi.

“I always emphasise that I don’t belong to a particular genre of music as I am inspired by mixing various types and tastes of music,” he said.

Mbeu said he was humbled by the success of his projects released this year, which he would complement with an album later in the year.

Mbeu’s career has been blossoming after he broke away from a Norton-based group, Tsvete, in 2016 to launch a solo career.

He has emerged as one of the most sought-after artistes by both promoters and corporates.

He has collaborated with a number of popular artistes, among them the late music icon and national hero Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, whom he described as a mentor and father figure who nurtured and groomed him at his Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton.

The Norton-bred Mbeu, who claims to draw inspiration from societal issues, has three albums to his belt Hatizvimirire (2018), Hatikendenge (2018) and Mhodzi Diaries 1 (2019) and singles such as Mavanga, Kunzi and Masanga.

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