Most musicians thrives to make name performing before wide audiences packed with fellow citizens in the foreign land.
So far, Chimurenga ‘Guru’ Mukanya is probably the face of Zimbabwe’s music on the international scene. The late Chiwoniso and Tuku will be remembered for stalling white crowds in Europe and United States of America.
This time, hearing Mazarura’s story relating his first ever performance out of fun last year in China inevitably defined his music career.
Mazarura went to the Asian country after receiving invitation from a Chinese University to make presentation on his PhD studies.
Coincidentally he was allowed to attend live music performance by local Zim dancehall artistes. However the show later turned floppy after lyrical composure failed to ignite interest before Chinese revellers.
Mazuraura suddenly emerged from nowhere and appealed before a fully charged audience to give a try in his small mbira music talent.
Going solo on stage in a foreign land wasn’t an easy task for a commoner. The Zim dancehall show turned out to be a mbira gig.
This was a defining moment for Mazarura’s music carrier who took to the recording studios after an encouragement from high profile individuals who attended his mbira show.
The show was enough to lure one UK based fan, Xanthe Gresham Knight, has become Mazarura’s biggest fan.
“Mazarura’s music is multi- layered – it can make you want to dance or sit and dream,” said the cheerful lady.
With a constant interaction with foreign fans, Mazarura eventually found his way to attend annual festivals across Asia.
His exposure charmed a hip of international celebrities. This saw him positively responding to world’s most spectacular festivals.
“I am scheduled to stage four festivals in Europe, USA, Canada , Sweden, and other regional tours in Mozambique and Swaziland by the beginning of August this year.”
The Afro-fusion musician had earmarked the month of April for the launch of his first debut album titled ‘Pamusoroi’. However opted to put the magnificent launch on hold due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The 10 track album features songs such as Huya tigare, Varimudande, Perekedza anokuda, Mwanasikana, all promising to hit local airwaves.
Mazarura grew up in the high density suburb of Glenorah. He developed interest in music while at College through interaction with the department of musicology peers at Midlands State University.
By then he had strong passion in Arts and Culture. This explains why his genre has a bias towards traditional mbira rhythm.