Kwaito is not dead!
After mesmerising Bulawayo with his 2019 tune titled Chipo Tsodzo, penned to honour the soccer legend, the Entumbane-bred Kwaito kingpin Mawiza (real name Wisdom Moyo) has bounced back on the music scene with a banger of an album titled Last Namba.
The pure kwaito album which was released in January consists of 11 tracks including the first runner single Chipo Tsodzo.
The album which is the first under Mawiza’s name features some of Bulawayo’s finest artistes including Bulawayo rap king Cal_vin on the song Dance Floor, Msiz Kay, Tebza, Mdu Sevan, Mimmie Tarukwana, Jungle Bwoi, Lisa and Manplaza.
As kwaito music has been overshadowed by house music and latest AmaPiano, Mawiza revealed that his latest offering was a testimony that kwaito would never die.
“Many genres have come and gone and kwaito has stood the test of time, actually all these new genres including AmaPiano were birthed by kwaito, which is a sign that kwaito will never fade.
“This is my first album and I decided to stick to the kwaito sound because I grew up eKasi (Entumbane) and my upbringing made it easy for me to come up with this album because on it I reflect the Kasi life in a way that I always experienced it,” said Mawiza.
The soft-spoken lad who holds a Banking and Finance Diploma from the Bulawayo Polytechnic College cried foul over piracy as he has tried to sell his CDs to fans without any success.
With marketing skills acquired from his tertiary qualification, Mawiza has embarked on marketing his music that is available on different music stores and downloading sites.
“I have been trying to sell my album to fans directly in the form of hard copies but they are not selling to the extent I want them to reach.
“Instead I have uploaded my music on different downloading sites that fans can easily access. Through that I believe my music will be accessible to everyone and break national boundaries,” said Mawiza.
Mawiza graduated from Cal_vin’s Kontrol Tribe Music. He is now an independent artiste.