HARARE – It gets better for fledgling contemporary musician Sam Dondo who began solo concerts at the weekend.
The young musician held two shows on Friday and Saturday in Harare at the Volt and Bar Rouge, respectively.
His potential has not escaped the eyes of the country’s trailblazing musicians — Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso — who have roped in the Kadoma-bred musician to open their high profile show at the Harare international Conference Centre tonight.
This is as good as it gets for any rookie and Dondo understands the meaning of playing alongside Tuku and Macheso.
Dondo, backed by the Impala Subway Crooners who held a spectacular album launch in April that featured Tuku, Macheso, Jah Prayzah and Winky D, appears unfazed by the prospect of sharing the stage with the celebrated duo.
“We have started holding our shows and we are encouraged by the support we are getting. Our camp is excited by the endorsement we have received from the two renowned artistes Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso,” Dondo and Impala Subway Crooners manager — Luckmore Muzava told the Daily News.
“This is a big honour and we are grateful for the confidence they have in us.
“Macheso is trending with his latest album and Tuku is a legend in his own right; so we are grateful to be part of such a line up.”
Both Tuku and Macheso have taken a deliberate policy of supporting fledgling musicians and most of those supported have gone on to perform reasonably well.
Mtukudzi has used years of music struggles and later commercial success to inspire would-be musicians.
Gary Tight, Munya Matarutse, Peter Moyo, Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, EX Q, Tryson and Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah are among musicians who have benefited immensely from rubbing shoulders with the granddad of Zimbabwean music.
Macheso has done the same with the likes of the Chimbetu brothers and Farheem Somanje.
Dondo has so far shown a lot of potential and has been tipped for the big time by Jah Prayzah.
The young crooner’s album, Dyara Minamato shows a brave upcoming artiste who is determined to succeed — at least judging by the profiles of people involved with his debut project.
The Impala Subway Crooners consists of Munya Viya, Freedom Manatsa, Tatenda Viya, Trust Samende, Lithiens Musoni, Evidence “Generator” Mudzingo, Dorcas Kambami and Beatrice Matewere.
The album was recorded by Munya Viya who is also a member of Oliver Mtukudzi’s Black Spirits band.
With the exception of Kambami and Matewere, Dondo’s band has experienced artistes with proven track records.
Dyara Minamato was mixed and mastered in South Africa by veteran artiste Keith Farquharson who has worked with Tuku, Ilanga, Willom Tight, Alexio Kawara, Mann Friday, Netsayi, Jah Prayzah, the late Andy Brown and Chiwoniso Maraire.
The Cape Town-based mixer/producer has also worked with many South African artistes among them, Freshlyground.