By Regis Mhako
A RISING Chinhoyi based jazz artist, Gamu Mutamba, is getting more popular after the loss of her maternal grandmother inspired her to pen her first ever song titled Nyakubereka Amai .
At 21 and without any financial support, Gamuchirai Mutamba has defied the odds to emerge as probably Chinhoyi’s only contemporary female jazz artist.
After realising her talent accidentally, following the penning of a tribute song in honour of her late grandmother, Gamu never looked back and to date boasts of ten songs, of which four are on an album.
“My first ever song is titled Nyakubereka Amai which I composed after the death of my mother. It was then that I realised I had musical talent so I had to continue. I was 17 then,” she revealed.
While she does not have a particular theme aligned to her songs, matters of the heart seem to have influenced her to pen three songs which point to love as vanity , judging by the titles , namely Moyo uri kubvinza, Wakandivimbisa and Wakarwadzisa.
“These songs illustrate the heart aches associated with relationships and unfulfilled promises by lovers,” she explained.
Gamu says lack of funding has hamstrung her potential, a situation that has forced her to use producer- driven tunes as back tracks as she cannot assemble a fully-fledged band.
“I use tunes from producers because I can’t afford to have a live band,” she said.
Jazz is usually considered a soul searching music genre and a preserve of the sober minded and mature audience and for a 21 year old lady to try and charm the target market is no easy task.
Art being art, no magic is, however, required to woo fans except classy productions.
By Regis Mhako