All eyes on Selmor . . . as she drops her sixth album
SUPERSTAR Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s death has inspired his daughter Selmor, pictured, and her new album Dehwe Renzou set for release on Friday at RM Garden Hall, Harare Show Grounds bears testimony.
The album carries 11 tracks produced by Steve Dyer at Dyertribe Studios in South Africa and Macdee features seasoned instrumentalists among them Sam Mataure on drums, Never Mpofu on bass guitar, Piki Kasamba on percussion and Selmor’s husband Tendai Manatsa on the lead guitar.
South Africa’s Afro-jazz musician Vusi Mahlasela, popularly known as “The Voice” also features on the album, which is the songstress’ sixth project.
Insiders told the Daily News that this is by far the best music project to come out from Selmor.
“On the production side we did our best, worked with the veterans and all we are promising is a quality project. We are confident the album will have a huge impact,” her manager Reginald Chapfunga said.
“You notice that the music industry has been plagued by lack of proper production channels and this has killed our music as a nation. On that aspect, working with Steve Dyer, we believe we did our best.”
Selmor’s team is aware of the huge expectations from fans to keep her father’s legacy alive.
“We will have a show that will be commensurate with our brand. We want to avoid a situation where the event will take away the focus from the music,” he said.
Selmor will be supported by Sasha and sungura musician Alick Macheso, who will be returning from his annual music break.
“Macheso has been a father figure and has supported us a lot. He carried us on board on a number of shows and he will be there,” Chapfunga said.
The album comes a week after Selmor dropped a single Mandirwadzisa in tribute to the late Tuku.
“It is no doubt that her father’s death inspired her in a way in this album,” he said.