By Admire Jamu-Mlambo
Wellington Mareva and Mpandawana Knight Riders have finally bounced back after a 17-year hiatus with a six-track album Kuchema Kwehanga that was released last week.
The 49-year-old musician who fronts Mpandawana Knight Riders said the new album is filled with love songs and social commentary.
The songs on the new album include Vapei Rudo, Akandinyepera, Kuchema Kwehanga, Usafa Nechaunoziva, Padhuze Nazvo and Kupfuma Kwakaipa.
Mareva told Standard Style that his album is inspired by life experiences.
“From the way my latest album, Kuchema Kwehanga, is performing, I am sure it will surpass Munotii Neidzi/Lithini Ngalezi released in 2003.
“On the six-tracked album, I came up with issues that affect people in their day-to-day lives like love and social commentary.
“My fans must watch out for three songs Padhuze Navo, Kuchema Kwehanga and Akandinyepera which I feel could take the music circles by storm,” Mareva said.
Mupandawana Knight Riders was formed in 1997 and to date Mareva has five albums under his belt which include Vabereki Vanokosha (1998), Zvouchenjeri (2000), Farai Neidzi (2001), Hatidududzi (2002) and Munotii Neidzi/Lithini Ngalezi (2003) including two singles namely Upenyu Chii and Akandinyepera.
Currently the band is composed of Mareva (drums and lead vocals), Simbarashe Chitetere and John Manyozo Maburutse (lead), Diesel Power (rhythm), Gilbert Wonder, Onisimo Hwekwete and Weston Chimbudzi (bass), and Hwekwete (backing vocals).