Mutambi tackles the ills of society in a new album
Sungura musician Simon Mutambi addresses the issues of crimes of passion, immorality and diminishing family ties in his latest 10th album ‘Uchataura Zvese’ which was released last week.
Crimes of passion are on the rise these days, immorality torments communities, while the knots that unite families are unraveling.
Societal values have also been eroded, leaving young people vulnerable to all forms of abuse.
Mutambi said that while steps are being taken to address these crimes and social ills, it is disheartening to see lives continue to be lost every day.
He said he tries to reach people through “Uchataura Zvese”.
“The album is about our culture as a people,” Mutambi said. “He tries to examine how our cultural values have been eroded and gives a word or two on how we can address these issues.
“In a nutshell, it’s social commentary.”
Mutambi spoke about love relationships, which he said, far from the good they bring, lives have also been lost and have left a trail of destruction in properties.
“I also talked about love and relationships,” he said. “It is happening in our societies that lives are lost and properties are lost in the process. I tried to show both sides of love stories.
Mutambi debuted “Uchautaura Zvese” last week at a joint in town where sungura ace Alick Macheso was a guest and blessed Mutambi with a guitar.
First Farai, Somandla Ndebele, Killer T and Progress Chipfumo also performed at the launch.
The six-track album was recorded at Alema Studios in Macheso, which also covered most of the production costs.
But it was visually impaired sungura musician Daniel Gonora and his sons who had guests raving with their polished performance at the launch.
The situation escalated when Macheso joined Gonora on stage with his bass guitar, which he expertly strummed to match the band’s music.
Mutambi then took the stage and mesmerized the guests with his “smart sungura” beats.
‘Zvinamatire’, ‘Dananai Kwenyu’, ‘Murombo’, ‘Zvinoita Rudo’, ‘Danwa neMutupo’ and ‘Tariro’ make up the album, which was released while Mutambi was still basking in the glory of his production of the year. latest “Saka Uchaita Sei”.
“Saka Uchaita Sei” carries the hits “Mr Ibu”, “Kurasa Mwana” and “Wafa Wanaka”.