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Upcoming sungura musician Tendai Chipara is set to make his debut tour in South Africa at Ekuruleni Hotel (Transvaal) in Borksburg on September 19.

The musician is expected to share the stage with Alick Macheso before heading to the SADC Music Festival the following day. Chipara aka Dotcom said he was raring to go. “The shows are coming at a time when we have released the album ‘Zvakutapira’ and hopefully good times will continue to roll for us,” he said.

He said he was happy to perform alongside celebrated sungura musician Macheso for the first time.

Backed by Ramangwana Musica, Chipara’s music is a reflection of his deep understanding of everyday life and ordinary people.

“When I sing these songs I just look at things that happen in our society,” he said. Though his previous albums were lukewarm he is confident to make a breakhrough in music.

“Things are taking shape though my previous albums failed to make an impact on the music industry,” he said.

Some of the songs that are on the album are “Mistake”, “Zvakutapira” “Kunonoka Kugaya”, “Sona Sona”, “Simba RaMwari”, “Kumusha” and “Huya Tifare”.

“We are staging live performances so far and like I can say things are taking shape because some of the songs are now known,” he said. Chipara said he hoped for the better at live shows although at present attendances have gone down.

The young musician started off his music career in 1996 at Mary Mount Mission in Rushinga.

“I was inspired by the late Leonard Dembo’s music which I grew up listening to. I then started composing songs and I got a lot of encouragement from fans. It was tough to record because of lack of funding while some record companies were not keen to offer young musicians like me recording contracts,” Tendai said.

“I encourage recording companies to put in place programmes aimed at promoting upcoming musicians.”

Born on April 25, 1982 in Rushinga, Tendai has other albums such as “Marwadzo” and “Manyemwe”.

The new seven-track album was recorded at Diamond Studios. Although he is a rookie, Chipara commands a huge following in Mashonaland Central where he has made Mt Darwin his fortress.

“I am slowly penetrating Harare, there are many promoters who want me to perform there and I will definitely do that as well as spread my wings,” he said.

Source : The Herald