Young stars line up duet


HARARE – Italy-based drummer Blessing “Bled” Chimanga and guitarist/vocalist Tariro Ruzvidzo better known as Tariro neGitare return to the Old Mutual Theatre at Alliance Francaise on Friday with yet another duet.

Dubbed Ngoma Negitare Concerts, the performances bring together two of Zimbabwe’s most travelled upcoming musicians.

Tariro, who says she was influenced by Oliver Mtukudzi, India Arie, Lauryn Hill and several others, is happy to collaborate once more with the internationally-acclaimed Chimanga.

“This is probably the fourth time we have played together with Blessing and I am sure people will remember the performance we staged at the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa),” Tariro told the Daily News recently.

“Our rhythms just happen to come into harmony. I play the guitar, he plays drums and we wanted to fuse different kind of music. People just love it; the concert has been a success.”

The Marlbereign-born guitarist/vocalist will showcase her self-titled debut album Tariro neGitare which she says is based on the singer’s personal experiences and other topical social issues.

“I have always derived my inspiration from things that happen around me and my personal situations.

“Ishe Anesu is my way of thanking God for giving life to my precious prematurely-born daughter Anesu whose birth was a real miracle. African Girl praises the beauty of being black.

“Cut Cut is a story of a communication breakdown between lovers where one decides to cut the phone whenever it rings. Uripi is on broken promises in relationships — an issue very topical in today’s society,” said the soft-spoken Tariro.

The soulful singer, who believes she is on the cusp of greatness, has also lined up other collaborations apart from the one with Chimanga.

“The reception to my album has been great and there are plenty of collaborations coming up. I just did a collaboration show with Victor Kunonga and will be doing a series of concerts titled Mhofu naChihera with Alexio Kawara,” she said.

Tariro’s co-performer on Friday — Chimanga — has risen to become one of Zimbabwe’s most accomplished drummers.

He is currently a member of a collaboration between Zimbabwean and Italian musicians called Zimbo-Ita, Max Covini and Matteo Boldini, both Italians are the other members of the group.

The widely-travelled Chimanga is no stranger to the Zimbabwean music scene.

His professional music career sprung in 2006 when he started playing for the late Sam Mtukudzi.

His career has included stints with Josh Meck, Hope Masike, Dudu Manhenga, Chiwoniso Maraire, Tariro Negitare and Eric Wainaina from Kenya.

Chimanga is the founder of the annual Let the Drum Speak Festival in which he showcases drum -playing skills and creates a concert alone.

The unique drum festival has been successfully held in Zimbabwe for the past three years.

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