Langalakhe Mabena, It’s a brand-new year!
It is a fact that last year (2020) the novel coronavirus affected many people all over the world as many business sectors couldn’t function effectively because of the pandemic and its restrictions.
The entertainment industry, particularly in Zimbabwe, was one sector which was affected the most, as hosting of shows, theatre plays and different artistic exhibitions were banned.
The only possible way for artistes to remain relevant during the course of 2020 was to go virtual and be more active on their social media platforms.
With the pandemic still raging on, no one can predict the future of the year 2021.
However, a number of artistes have dedicated themselves to continue entertaining their fans and stay visible as possible with various initiatives.
The dreadlocked songstress who managed to stage a number of virtual shows, last year sharing the platform with Indian top artistes on one of her gigs, has said she will be doing more collaborations this year, especially with people from Harare. “I will also collaborate more with women because I believe its time we push ourselves in the game,” said Qeqe.
It was a successful year for the Nketa-bred producer with his main highlight for 2020 being presented with a triple platinum status for his production with South African songstress Holey Ray on the song You. For 2021, Murphy is targeting to gain exposure in the continental market. “I believe I am ready for the African market because in Zimbabwe and South Africa I have proved what I am capable of, its time I conquer Africa,” he said.
Its always Asaph’s task to make sure the vibe is correct on giving his fans good music. The reigning king of Bulawayo hip-hop said he is continuing to collaborate with different artistes in the game especially the younger ones so as to uplift their game. He also said he is looking forward to present fresh ideas on his Skyz Metro FM music show. “The major thing I want to do this year is to establish my own record label so as to maximise more recording time,” said Asaph.
It has been long since Bekezela released an album after his first self-titled offering Bekezela. The South Africa-based jazzman has good news for his fans in 2021. He will be releasing his much-anticipated album UnguThixo in May. “I know the wait has been too long but I would like to thank my fans for their patience, an album is on its way,” said Bekezela.
The Asambeni hitmaker had a good year in as far as releasing quality visuals is concerned. The music video of his hit Asambeni afforded him an award for Best Music Video at last year’s Roil Bulawayo Awards and he wants to scoop the accolade again this year. He will be releasing a lot of visuals this year. He is also going to release an album for the first time in his career.
His gospel hit Baba Ziveze afforded him numerous awards with the major highlight being crowned the Song of the Year at the 2020 South African Music Awards Crown Gospel Awards (SABCCGA). “This year I am planning a tour in Zimbabwe, I know things are hard in the country but we have to praise and worship God even during hard trying times,” said Nyathi.
He has been in the game for a while and people love him for fusing Ndebele and Tonga on his music. Mabex is releasing an album in February, he has worked with Mzoe 7 on the song Bunduluka which translates to reverse. His partner in production Shirati drums has made it a point that people will dance to good music on Mabex’s coming album. “I am also working with a Harare top artiste, it’s going to be a surprise,” said Mabex.
Many have called him a one-hit wonder after his smash hit Lashon’Ilanga featuring Miss Tweggy caused havoc on different radio stations and he didn’t do a follow up on the song. “During the lockdown I was taking my time in perfecting my first ever album, I am satisfied with the progress that I have made and 2021 is my year to make more wonders,” said Zwesta SA.