HARARE – A new Harare-based music company has released a 15-track album in honour of late musician and promoter Tendai “Prince Tendai” Mupfurutsa.
Dee 20 Studios, which was established five years ago, has decided to mark its entry into the Zimbabwean music industry by releasing Tribute to Prince Tendai.
Dickson ‘Bizzy Dee’ Mandota is the brains behind the project. Bizzy Dee produced arguably the late Prince Tendai’s best known song ? Character.
“I learnt to produce music at Mupfurutsa`s High Density Studios,” Bizzy Dee told the Daily News.
“He (Prince Tendai) was not just a boss but a mentor. He was more than a brother to me. This album is meant to show how grateful I am to him.”
Bizzy Dee, who has produced for Tendai Manatsa, Selmor Mtukudzi, Victor Kunonga and the late dendera star Simon Chimbetu, says the new album is meant to be a launch pad for new talent.
“This album will expose new talent while at the same time showcasing the country’s musical diversity.
“It features different genres ranging from reggae, chimurenga, jazz and gospel,” said Mandota
The album is expected to be launched next month.
According to Willmore Choto, Dee 20 Studios’ executive producer, the album will feature two songs Samantha and Respect which bring out the “barbed wire” sound pioneered by Prince Tendai.
Potential hit songs on the bumper album include Mawiramombe by Tawanda Mutota and Muchero Wekutenda done by a jazz outfit called Licafa.
“On the album we only featured upcoming talented artistes, some of whom are Imelda Vhiriri, Ike Machingura, Kuziva and Licafa,” said Choto.
Dee 20 studios started operating in May this year and is owned by Choto who is also the studio`s executive producer.
Apart from Tribute to Prince Tendai, Dee 20 Studios has also produced another album called Moods of Africa.