Orig­i­nal Dev­era Ng­wena inch closer to re­union

The Manica Post - - Education / Entertainment - Stephen Ephraem En­ter­tain­ment Correspondent

A TRI­PAR­TITE show slated for De­cem­ber 25 in Gutu will see the orig­i­nal Dev­era Ng­wena Jazz Band strength­ens its re­union af­ter its split in 1985.

Dev­era Ng­wena will be sup­ported by Mitchel Jambo and Marunga Broth­ers and Josefa Chauke and Marhula Crew.

Speak­ing to The Week­ender from his Tho­hoyan­dou base in South Africa, band leader, Jonah Moyo, re­vealed that love was never lost among the orig­i­nal band mem­bers.

Said Moyo: “We re­united to record Vol 25, 30, 31 and 35 to­gether. We are fi­nal­is­ing Vol 39.

“We did a show in Harare re­cently and were hum­bled by how fans ap­plauded our re­union. We se­lected to play in Gutu since it is syn­ony­mous with our hit song ‘‘Solo naMut­sai’’. The song pro­pelled us to greater heights,” added Moyo.

The 61-year-old Jonah Moyo whose mu­sic ca­reer has seen him tour coun­tries like Bel­gium, United King­dom, Hol­land and Ger­many has promised a pol­ished show for fans in Gutu.

Dev­era Ng­wena formed at Gath’s Mine in Mashava in 1977 had their first sin­gle, Dev­era Ng­wena Zhi­mozhi re­leased in 1979.

Sev­eral hits like ‘‘Bar­bra’’, ‘‘Solo naMut­sai’’, ‘‘Grema Wepamoyo’’, ‘‘KwaMutare’’, ‘‘Wangu P’’, ‘‘Too Cheap’’, ‘‘Svika Fair Fair’’ and oth­ers fol­lowed.

The orig­i­nal mem­bers who recorded Vol­ume One were Jonah Moyo on lead gui­tar, the late Rob­son Banda on bass, In­no­cent Bitu on rhythm, the late Pa­trick Ka­banda on drums and John­sai Machinya on vocals. The late Jab­u­lani Bitu joined them on rhythm on Vol­ume Two.

For his sup­port acts, Mitchel Jambo is a sea­soned mu­si­cian who started mu­sic in 1977 and has re­leased 10 al­bums. His hits songs in­clude ‘‘Vim­biso’’, ‘‘Mudiwa Lucy’’ and ‘‘Ndini Uyo’’.

Jambo is also based in South Africa and is promis­ing to come back home for good.

Sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the orig­i­nal Dev­era Ng­wena Jazz Band (from left): John­sai Machinya, Jonah Moyo and In­no­cent Bitu

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