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Samaita turns to videos

BY STYLE REPORTER

MUTARE-BASED sungura musician Brian Samaita is putting final touches on the video of the song Wandaivimba Naye, off his latest album Kwaive Kusaziva.

Kwaive Kusaziva is Samaita’s seventh project and carries five tracks Wandaivimba Naye, Tauya Kuzomutenda, Misikidzo, Kwaive Kusaziva and Shinga.

The musician told Standard Style that while the album was receiving a lot of airplay on radio stations in Malawi and Mozambique, he felt he was not doing much for his legion of followers in the country.

He said some of the songs on the album are popular locally, but fans were missing live shows due to the Covid-19 restrictions, something that has forced him to do videos for all the five songs.

“I have realised that fans are missing us in action. So, we have decided to do videos for all the five songs and we will soon release the first project, the video of the song Wandaivimba Naye,” Samaita said.

“We did the shooting and the video is now being edited and hopefully next week it will be ready.”

The Murondatsimba Express-frontman said the video was shot in and around Mutare.

“It’s a good video and fans will like it very much. We also promise that the coming videos will also be of good quality,” he said.

“We are also migrating to digital spaces in trying to reach out to our fans. Covid-19 restrictions have deprived us of live performances, although we have been invited to perform at private functions just before the Level 4 lockdown.”

Samaita released the album in March and over the Easter holiday in April he performed at two private functions for high profile families in Malawi, including an Easter crusade convened by the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) led by Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.

Samaita enlisted the services of veteran producer Bothwell “African” Nyamhondera for the latest album that was recorded at Trutone Studios.

On the album, Utakataka Express members Evidence “Jahwi” Tarabuku plays the lead guitar, while Spencer “Boltcutter” Khumulani and Mathew Perego play the bass and rhythm guitars, respectively.

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