Entertainment - Local - Top Stories - May 8, 2021

Harare artist on the way to stardom

By Bridget Mabanda

Zimbabwean-based Afro-jazz musician, Batsirai Shasha is on the way to gaining international recognition with his music being aired on Gold Dust Radio, a United Kingdom-based station.

Batsirai is representing Zimbabwe on ‘Culture Mix’, a show hosted by Disk Jockey, Tomson Chauke on the station.

The presenter, Chauke emulated Shasha’s music. He said he across it whilst looking for typical African music apt for representing the continent in England.

“Batsirai is not running away from who he is. He sticks to his mbira and he has a strong connection with Afro-Centric instrument and sound.

“When I was looking around, he was one of the people that I found, very energetic, profound and is young,” he said.

In addition, he said Batsirai will be flying the national among five African musicians selected for a virtual conference to be held in June if everything goes well.

He said other selected musicians are from Gambia, Tanzania, South Africa and Sierra Leone.

As a festival live performer, Batsirai told Newsday that he was very excited to hear such a message from Gold Dust.

“It is a good feeling to wake up to an announcement that I am officially aired on Gold Dust radio.

“I knew that God was answering my prayers. I have always wanted to represent our sound internationally across the continent and it is happening,” Batsirai said.

Batsirai rose to fame after releasing ‘Tsvarakadenga’, a collaboration with Afro-Pop artist, Andy Muridzo. Prior, he worked with Alexio Kawara, Diana Samkange and Feli Nandi. He has two albums in his name released in 2018 and 2020 namely; ‘First of many’ and ‘Pore pore’ respectively, the latter which translates to slowly.

Batsirai said he is also working on a collaboration with a Gambian-based artist, Musafilly Jobarteh.
Meanwhile, he has assured his fans a big project from this collaboration.

“The collaboration will be marketed and distributed by 12 notes, a UK-based record company owned by Pete Doyle. This is despite it being produced by African producers,” he quipped.

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