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Former Sam Mtukudzi’s backing vocalist and guitarist Keith Robert has gone solo following the death of his boss three years ago.

Hailing from the eastern suburb of Mabvuku, the 27-year-old is determined to make his mark on the music scene.

Keith was mentored by Oliver Mtukudzi at his centre in Norton.

“I was inspired by Oliver Mtukudzi. Since the day I set foot at Pakare Paye in 2000, my musical career has never stopped.

“Mtukudzi asked me to join his late son, Sam where I learnt to play acoustic and bass guitars,” said.

Since Sam’s death, Keith has worked with the likes of Alexio Kawara, Willis Watafi and Kudzi Nyakudya, just to mention a few.

“I have worked with a number of artistes both at home and in Botswana where I used to play the guitar as well as doing backing vocals for a number of them,” he said.

Currently he is working on a single track to be released before year-end and the promising young star has penned more than 40 songs.

His future plans are to build a g band whose flair will match the standards of the Black Spirits.

“Due to financial outlook in the country, I went to Botswana in 2010 where I joined traditional folk artistes, Ndingo Johwa and Giant Banner. Things didn’t work out well for me after Giant dumped us when he secured a job as a truck driver. After that, I started playing and singing in churches.

“I later joined another Zimbabwean drummer Josh and secured a contract to play at Orapa Diamond Mine and Mann Village Church,” he said.

In 2012, Keith was sent packing after his work permit expired.

Upon his return, he joined Winky D’s backing group – The Vigilance Band.

Source : The Herald

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