Xolisani Nyathi Arts Reporter
Chitungwiza-based traditional music group Black Spears Culture Group launched their 14-track album titled “Ngoma Ine Ndangariro” over the weekend at a local bar.
The music group mixes mbira and other cultural vibes to come up with good traditional music.
During the launch, they sang different songs which are on the album that include “Mushawakombwa”, which is about a village being surrounded by enemies unexpectedly and the villagers fighting back, just like what happened during the First Chimurenga.
“Tourism Zimbabwe” is a welcome song for visitors to the country and it also praises Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi for the good work he is doing for the sector.
The occasion was graced by Zimbabwean mbira king Alfred MaAfrica, popularly known as Nyamasvisva, of Maungira eNharira who was also the guest speaker. Supporting acts included Kireni Zulu, Takesure Muronzi, Douglas Katsvairo of the Tembo Brothers and Lovemore Majaivana’s son, Derrick Majai- vana.
The manager of this vibrant group who is also part of the band, Queen Makhau, said they are looking forward to shooting videos soon.
“We are looking forward to shooting videos soon for all these songs. We are also looking for promoters and sponsors to help us make our dream come true because we are facing challenges when it comes to finances but I am sure if we find the right sponsors we will go far.
“We also go to local schools and teach traditional dances and cultural activities, and also do drama for different schools using our own resources because it is our passion to see to it that our culture is preserved through the arts. That is why we use the mbira and other traditional instruments in our music,” Makhau said.
Sekuru Tsuro, one of the band leaders, also added that the group has been providing entertainment in the local community in a bid to encourage preservation of culture.
“This group is well known for providing entertainment to the locals and given a chance it could really go far,” Tsuro said.
The Black Spears Culture Group was formed in 2010 and has toured different cities and local schools in a bid to preserve culture through the arts.