Mat­sito’s son records de­but al­bum

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SOCIETY - Prince Mushaw­e­vato

TE­DIOUS Mat­sito’s son, Te­dious Muchapedza Mat­sito Jnr, has fin­ished record­ing his de­but stu­dio al­bum.

The six-track ef­fort is set for re­lease this month.

The young lad was thrust into the deep end to lead the once mighty Ng­wenya Broth­ers fol­low­ing his fa­ther’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health. Mat­sito anointed his son Muchapedza to take over the reins at Ng­wenya Broth­ers af­ter he suf­fered a sec­ond stroke.

The “Ndiri Pa­musungo” singer now strug­gles to walk and can hardly sing. As a re­sult, Muchapedza Jnr has had to skip cer­tain stages of child­hood af­ter as­sum­ing the role of provider for the fam­ily and band.

While boys of his age are presently oc­cu­pied with is­sues like ac­quir­ing the lat­est games and im­mers­ing them­selves in movies, Muchapedza’s mind is be­sieged with grave mat­ters. At 17, the young man is al­ready lead­ing a sun­gura en­sem­ble that has band mem­bers old enough to be his par­ents.

In­stead of wait­ing for his O-Level re­sults re­lax­ing at home, Muchapedza is toil­ing round the clock, try­ing to find ways of reignit­ing Ng­wenya Broth­ers’ yes­ter­year spark.

He doesn’t even seem to be har­bour­ing thoughts of pro­ceed­ing to A-Level next year. And it gets worse. The young lad, due to his predica­ment, has been forced to fre­quent im­bib­ing places that have “no un­der 18” re­stric­tions, ei­ther in search of or for live gigs. This has been the case ever since he took over the band in May this year when he was still at­tend­ing school.

His case is a typ­i­cal swim or sink sit­u­a­tion.

Muchapedza is the third born and el­dest son in a fam­ily of five. Un­til the mis­for­tunes that be­fell his fa­ther, mu­sic was the ma­jor source of in­come for the fam­ily.

While his mother has since se­cured em­ploy­ment in Kwekwe to try and lessen the bur­den on her son, her monthly earn­ings are not enough to meet fam­ily de­mands.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with The Sun­day Mail So­ci­ety, the bud­ding singer was quick to ac­knowl­edge that he is go­ing through a rough patch.

“I have had to do cer­tain things that I would not be do­ing or even imag­ine do­ing un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances. I need to keep the band alive not just for the sake of my fa­ther’s legacy but to raise money to look af­ter the fam­ily and to pay my fa­ther’s bal­loon­ing med­i­cal bills,” nar­rated Muchapedza.

“To date I have per­formed in a num­ber of places namely Ma­zowe, Ban­ket, Chegutu and Chi­tung­wiza, etcetera. At times I also fea­ture at Alick Mach­eso’s shows and I use ev­ery mo­ment I spend with him (Mach­eso) to get coun­sel on some of the in­dus­try’s chal­lenges.”

The forth­com­ing al­bum, “Mandipa Mukana” was recorded at Mach­eso’s Alema Stu­dios in Chi­tung­wiza. Four of the songs were writ­ten by Te­dious Snr while Jnr com­posed “Ku­tamba Nen­guva” and “Pasi Penyika”.

“Mach­eso has made my jour­ney eas­ier. He hon­oured his pledge of giv­ing me free stu­dio time and is go­ing to help mar­ket and dis­trib­ute the al­bum.

‘‘I can­not re­veal the ac­tual re­lease date at the mo­ment but it is cer­tainly this De­cem­ber,” he said.

How­ever, his band is fac­ing a ma­jor set­back due to in­ad­e­quate mu­sic equip­ment and trans­porta­tion to gigs.

The young lad ini­tially had no in­ten­tions of em­bark­ing on a sun­gura jour­ney as he wanted to be a dance­hall chanter.

“I’m a dance­hall singer by na­ture (chuck­les) but that is now his­tory. Sun­gura has got­ten the bet­ter of me and I’m lov­ing ev­ery mo­ment on stage. For your own in­for­ma­tion, I have now mas­tered most of my fa­ther’s songs save for a few that I’m still per­fect­ing. This has some­what made me re­alise that I was tak­ing a wrong route by choos­ing dance­hall,” said Muchapedza.

Apart from per­fect­ing his vo­cals, he is also in the process of grasp­ing lead and bass gui­tar strum­ming tech­niques cour­tesy of Mach­eso and Mat­sito lessons.

Muchapedza Jnr

Muchapedza Jnr and Alick Mach­eso

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