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Mai Patai adopts new beat

. . . as she drops new single

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MUSIC star Respina Patai, popularly known as Mai Patai, has incorporated the saxophone in her music as part of efforts to create a more contemporary beat.
The gospel songstress, who made inroads on the music scene when she released the award-winning album Punish the Devil in 2018, is confident that the new beat will find favour with both the young and mature listeners.

Mai Patai said the new single — Ndoda Kuona — set for launch on Friday “encapsulates my new sound.” “The transformation of my beat was inspired by my desire to expand my catchment area in the gospel music industry. When I was still at a Bible college in Bulawayo, I learnt that a gospel minister should not be confined to a certain group but the message should reach and benefit all generations,” she told the Daily News.

She conceded that her music was currently only appealing to the mature and older generation. “On this new project, I have hired some session instrumentalists who came up with the sound I hope will appeal to both the mature and young audience,” said Mai Patai.

Session musicians roped in on the new single recorded at Harare-based Naletha Studios are Naphtali Chivandikwa, Takakunda Mukundu, Prince MaDhiwali Dzuwa, Douglas Mazumbo, Joseph Chinouriri, Keisha Sande and Kelvin Nash. The songstress first hogged the limelight in 2002 when she collaborated with her husband Ephraim Patai on the hit Mazambara.

“While I have since embarked on a solo career, my husband remains my source of inspiration and pillar of strength in the music industry,” the mother of three said.

As a solo musician, Mai Patai has released three studio albums Samulena, Makanaka and Punish the Devil. She has performed in countries such as Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Malawi.

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