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Meet Chinhoyi’s own version of Legend Oliver Mtukudzi. Justice Chimutove, popularly known as Chief Justice Samanyanga in music, sings in the same manner with the late Katekwe music exponent. Chimutove came onto the spotlight when he was the only local musician to grace the stage with popular rhumba outfit Diamond Musica and another Angolan artist during a tourism event held in Harare two years ago.

A new jazz musician who sings like the late national hero Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has emerged from the Mashonaland West capital. Chimutove told H-Metro that he started singing jazz music in 2016 here in Chinhoyi. “I used to sing but it was in 2016 that I came into the music industry. I recorded my first album entitled DNA, meaning that music runs in my blood.

“It is a seven title track album that has songs which include Nhamo, Kutetereka, Kupinda Mumba, African Pride, Kugunun’una kwaamai, and Kuramwa,” said Chimutove. He said that he sings original music but got inspiration from the late Tuku.

“The late Oliver Mtukudzi, is my main source of inspiration not forgetting other artistes such as Victor Kunonga, Sulumani Chimbetu, Alick Macheso and the late Simon Chimbetu, as they also played a big part in influencing my music.

“I even had a song I did in collaboration with Suluman Chimbetu called Kutetereka and sang together with him last week during his show at CUT Hotel,” said Chimutove. He said that he plays mature music, hence he chose jazz music that has a bigger audience.

“I sing jazz music which is for mature people. My voice resembles that of Tuku and I also happen to come from Dande in Guruve. “Currently, I am yet to do shows on our own since we are to record more songs.

“I am already in the studio working on my second album which is going to come out later this year,” said Chimutove. He added: “We usually play in Chinhoyi and Harare and we expect to spread our wings to other parts of the country.

“I am appealing to music promoters to come down to the grassroots where there is raw musical talent which needs to be tapped than concentrating on established artistes only.”

Chimutove urged upcoming artistes on the music scene to be original and not be copycats of other people’s music. “It’s good as a musician to have originality if one is to grow the musical industry. “I am happy that Zimdancehall has changed the complexion of the music environment in the country,” said Chimutove.

He said that lack of musical instruments was the biggest challenges facing most of the musicians in Zimbabwe. “Most artistes rely on hiring musical instruments because they are very expensive to acquire and it is a big setback to people like us.

Chief Justice Samanyanga

“I hope that up and upcoming artiste in a different genre of music needs to be given airplay on radio and television for us to be known and also the opportunity to play alongside established musicians,” he said.

Chimutove’s wish is to travel all over the world like what Mtukudzi did when he was still alive. He is married to Khathani Donga, and is a devoted member of the African Apostolic Faith Mission (AAFM). “Naturally I sing like Mtukudzi, although I compose my own original music,” said Chimutove in his parting note.

Source – H-Metro

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