ONE of the most revered showbiz entrepreneurs in the city, Maxwell “Maunga” Tshuma says he will not tire in his quest of making sure that Bulawayo retains its tag as the home of jazz music.
This weekend, Tshuma plays host to the “who is who” of jazz music in town, in a show slated for his joint, Maunga Sports Bar in Emakhandeni suburb.
Fondly known by the moniker “Maunga” in social circles, Tshuma is one of the first jazz music promoters to front the promotion of emerging bands and melody musos back in the day. His most cherished influence on jazz was through the formation of Maunga Jazz Band, an ensemble that would dazzle for years.
With as many shows up his sleeve, Tshuma is now on a drive to rekindle the old days of jazz.
In an interview with B-Metro, Tshuma said a number of jazz bands and personalities would grace the weekend show.
“I am working with musicians and like-minded promoters to try and revive the once vibrant local jazz scene in Bulawayo. This is the second time this year and we aim to make it big.
“Jazz belongs to Bulawayo, it is where it started and where it is going to stay.
“The ultimate objective is to leave a legacy for our children to cherish and carry on with. That is why we have elders in the music and the younger musicians learning the ropes,” said Tshuma.
Maunga added that they expected names that have made it in the music industry.
“It is going to be a show-and-a-half. Big names are confirming they will attend. It would be a surprise as we get to meet in a reunion of jazz.”
The Maunga show is part of an initiative that was formally launched in July and once held at Queen’s Sports Club, with some of the city’s famed musicians shaking off the rust on stage.
Bulawayo has long been famed as the home of jazz but the music genre lost its appeal in public spaces, with artistes taking a sabbatical — more to do with dwindling fans and support base.
Maunga gave a lengthy talk on how they had manoeuvred in the jazz scene, chronicling the days of Maunga Jazz Band.
“Maunga Jazz is there to stay in spite of the economic hardships we are facing. We lost members who include our bassist, guitarist and saxophonist, but that won’t keep us down. Invite every jazz lover to the weekend show.”
Tshuma said the weekend invitation was not being extended to music followers only but bands too.
“We really see something happening with this initiative with regards to jazz which is pleasing as this will certainly keep the genre alive,” said Maunga.