HARARE – Afro-jazz singer Jean Masters and fast rising sungura outfit Extra Kwazvose are set hold maiden concerts in the Book Café this week.
Masters will set the ball rolling tonight in a show in which her mentors Suluman Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah will be guest artistes.
The two popular artistes featured on Jean Masters’ latest and second album titled Misi Haifanane.
The explosive performer, who also featured superstar Oliver Mtukudzi on Misi Haifanane, says tonight’s show part of the massive marketing drive for her latest album.
“The Book Cafe concert is going to open all the doors of opportunities in my musical career,” the 24-year-old artiste told the Daily News.
“My latest album is doing well on all local radio stations and I feel now is the time for me to take it to the people.”
Masters, who has made a name for herself as a regular performer at venues such as Jazz 105 in the capital city, believes performing at the Book Café signifies the upward swing of her music career.
“I am ready to show the Book Café fans that I have what it takes,” said the affable Masters.
She began her musical journey as a lead vocalist to the Seasons Band but Zimbabweans only began to take her seriously after she took part in the production of the late Joe Master’s Mashabhini in 2010.
“I derived most of my inspiration from the Jay (Joe) Masters. He was very supportive and stood by me until I recorded my debut solo album Africa,”said the mother of one.
Masters plans to remix Mashabhini later this year as a way of paying tribute to the late Jay Masters.
“I hope to release the remixed album in February next year as a way of paying tribute to him since he passed on in the same month (February),” said Masters who took a break from live performances to allow her to look after her seven month old son Lionel Nkoma.
The lure of the Book Café has also ensnared sungura group Extra Kwazvose who will perform for the first time at Harare’s premier entertainment venue on Saturday.
Despite having just one album to their name, Extra Kwazvose has taken the Harare entertainment scene by storm.
The group, formed by former backing members of sungura kingpin Alick Macheso, comprise nimble- footed dancer Francis “Franco Slomo”Dhaka, drummer Obert Gomba, Congolese chanter Jonasi Kasamba and guitarist Noel Nyazanda.
John Murira, the group’s manager, says his outfit aims to tack sungura music to the next level.
“Our focus is to give Book Café revellers value for money. Of course we have one album but I am happy the project is doing well on the market,”says Murira.
“Though we have experienced and talented artistes in our band, we are humbled by the way promoters are jostling to book us,” he added.