Bob Nyabinde dates Byo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Ray­mond Jar­avaza Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

WITH 14 years of ex­pe­ri­ence on the mi­cro­phone, mu­si­cian Bob “The Head­mas­ter” Nyabinde has mas­tered the art of keep­ing him­self rel­e­vant in the in­dus­try by cus­tomis­ing his per­for­mances to suit the needs of his fans.

It’s been over a year since he held a pub­lic show in Bulawayo and “The Head­mas­ter” is an­nounc­ing a re­turn with a gig he terms “a one-on-one ses­sion with the City of Kings fans” at Cape to Cape to­mor­row night.

“The Bulawayo show is not the typ­i­cal gig where I pre­pare a playlist for the night. It’s more of an in­ter­ac­tive show with my fans, play­ing their choice of songs and cre­at­ing a re­laxed at­mos­phere for ev­ery­one,” said Nyabinde.

While most peo­ple had writ­ten off “The Head­mas­ter” as a spent force, Nyabinde, whose c ompo s i t i ons are so­cial com­men­taries based on var­i­ous so­cial is­sues such as ed­u­ca­tion, in­sists mu­sic still runs in his blood. His lat­est sin­gle Mombe Ye­mavhu De­cem­ber last year. “I’m now more into pri­vate func­tions com­pared to pub­lic gigs. Most peo­ple in Bulawayo don’t even know that I was in the city four months ago play­ing at a pri­vate func­tion. My show on Fri­day at Cape to Cairo will be the first pub­lic event in over a year. It’ll be the first time play­ing my lat­est sin­gle to Bulawayo fans,” he said. He is bring­ing a com­ple­ment of six band mem­bers for the four hour show. Nyabinde, a for­mer head­mas­ter who served at a num­ber of schools in the Mid­lands Province, ar­rived on the lo­cal mu­sic scene with Pane Nyaya in 2002. Jazz lovers would re­mem­ber the al­bum Pane Nyaya be­cause of the hit song Chabuda Ha­pana, a track which dom­i­nated the air­waves and be­came an an­them. In 2004 he fol­lowed up with a sec­ond al­bum, Ndi­ratidze, an equally bril­liant piece of work which reaf­firmed and con­cre­tised his sta­tus as a jazz mae­stro. Nyabinde was to re­lease his third al­bum Teer­era in 2006 be­fore some­what tak­ing a sab­bat­i­cal. was re­leased in

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