Rising Afro-Chimurenga musician Nelson Tswatswa popularly known as “Chamangwiza” and his Rainbow Band have released a 5th album called “Swerengoma”.
The twelve-track album was produced by Tonde Dirorimwe at his Glen Norah-based Diro Digital Studios.
Tracks on album include Rhudiya, Kana Ndadhakwa, Chido, Kupa KwaMwari, Moyo Wako, Kuenda Mbire, Ndimba Ndimba, Hombarume, Sabhuku, Mhiri KwaMupfure, Gwindiri (Gono) and Chiuya.
Tswatswa’s previous albums include Sango (1997), Dandemutande (2010), Dai (2011), Pamushika-shika (2013) and now Swerengoma (2017).
His most popular song Dai Hudiki off the album Dai often received favourable airplay on local radio stations then.
Speaking on the sidelines of their well-attended show at Chitubu Junction in Glen Narah where they mesmerized their fans, Tswatswa’s manager Marhall “Pound” Gumera said the album is expected to make waves on the local music scene as it comes after a 3-year hiatus in which the Dai hit maker was concentrating on other endeavours.
“The song Kana Ndadhakwa is the one which is likely to make considerable impact on the market as it is relevant to the obtaining situation characterised by economic hardships.
“In the song the artiste, finding solace in alcohol, pours his heart out in a way that gets listeners to ponder on the issues that affects them in life such as the deteriorating economic situation.
“Another song on the album, Kupa KwaMwari reflects on the different gifts of life from God and the artiste thanks God for gifts bestowed on him,” Gumera said
The album is also spiced up with the late Chamu Mangunde’s keyboard skills. Mangunde, who passed away last weekend, previously worked with Andy Brown and the Storm and recently was with jazz outfit Jabavu Drive.
Rainbow Band, a traditional music outfit founded by Tswatswa in 1994 boasts of several experienced guitarists including Kuda and Danny Arineshto.
The Rainbow Band frontman, who also claims to have input on Pamela Zulu aka Gonyeti’s debut album One Day (2016), says he was inspired by Effat Mujuru of the “Mugariro” fame as well as Pio Macheka who also hailed from Glen Norah.
He also claims to have previously worked with the likes of Peter Muparutsa and the Runn Family as well as Chimurenga guru Thomas Mapfumo.
Speaking to this publication Tswatswa says he believes his album give him more shows in Harare
“I believe my album have what it takes to make it in the music industry and i hope it will give me more shows in Harare,” he said.
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