The rein­car­na­tion of Ton­gai Moyo

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IN A con­certed ef­fort to keep the late Ton­gai Moyo’s legacy alive, sun­gura mu­si­cian, Brian Sa­maita has part­nered the for­mer’s son, Obert Ton­gai on his fifth al­bum ti­tled ‘‘Ri­noonekwa ne­ma­vanga’’, which was re­leased re­cently. Sa­maita, who was Ton­gai’s close friend, later em­barked on a mu­si­cal ca­reer fol­low­ing the death of the ‘‘Ne­mumvura mese’’ hit maker in Oc­to­ber 2011. His mu­sic is greatly in­spired by Dhewa, as Ton­gai was fondly re­ferred to.

‘‘Ri­noonekwa ne­ma­vanga’’ is a five­track al­bum that in­cludes Obert’s sin­gle track ti­tled ‘‘Dhe­hwa Vedu’’.

Obert ded­i­cates the song to the late sun­gura king­pin.

The al­bum, which was pro­duced by Both­well Nyamhon­dera, is mar­keted and dis­trib­uted by Di­a­mond Stu­dios. It has been fairly re­ceived by scores of sun­gura across the mu­si­cal di­vide.

Other tracks on the al­bum are ‘‘Baba na mai’’, ‘‘Bhuru’’, ‘‘Iye anonzwa’’, ‘‘Mu­faro wangu’’ and ‘‘Ndaizviziva’’.

Sa­maita’s wife, a de­vout Chris­tian, fea­tures on a soul­ful gospel song ti­tled ‘‘Iye anonzwa’’.

The mu­si­cian-cum busi­ness­man said Obert fea­tured on the al­bum as a way of in­tro­duc­ing him to the mu­si­cal scene.

Obert sings with pas­sion. His vo­cals are pow­er­ful and sound al­most sim­i­lar to his late fa­ther. He does not try too hard to sing. His fine vo­cals blend well with well-put in­stru­ments. Sa­maita’s group Muron­dat­simba Ex­press played all in­stru­ments on the song Dheva Vedu.

“Obert prom­ises to be a good mu­si­cian. He needs to be moulded. Ton­gai used to be a great friend of mine and I strongly be­lieve that mu­sic runs in the fam­ily DNA. He is will­ing to learn new things.

‘‘In near fu­ture, if re­sources per­mit, he will re­lease his own al­bum. He has a lot of things that he needs to learn,” Sa­maita said.

He be­lieves that the new al­bum will scale his mu­si­cal ca­reer to un­prece­dented heights de­spite stiff com­pe­ti­tion posed by bud­ding sun­gura mu­si­cians.

“I need to vig­or­ously mar­ket the new al­bum. De­spite com­pe­ti­tion, I will make sure that I will con­tinue to pull up my socks and ad­dress so­ci­etal con­cerns through mu­sic. I tackle is­sues that af­fect peo­ple’s day-to-day lives such as love, be­trayal, de­cep­tion, di­vorce, cheat­ing, among other things,” he added.

His pre­vi­ous al­bums are ‘‘Tsono’’, ‘‘Murodzi Wep­fungwa’’, ‘‘Nemiwo Mu­nazvo’’ and ‘‘Ku­maziva Ndad­zoka’’.

The born-again Chris­tian is also cur­rently work­ing on a DVD al­bum which is due for re­lease early this year. Videos are be­ing shot in scenic ar­eas such as Vumba and Nyanga as well as in Mutare’s pop­u­lar sub­urbs such as Sakubva, Chikanga and Dangamvura.

Obert ‘Ton­gai jnr’ Moyo

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