Masimba Jekete drops two new hit collabos with regional artists

By Terrence Mapurisana

AWARD-WINNING Zimbabwean afro-fusion artist based in South Africa, Masimba Jekete, who recently walked away with an award for the “Best Collaboration Award” in Cape Town, is back with two hit new singles, “Number 1” featuring Zolasko from Botswana and “Monica Toliea”.

Monica Toliea is on top of the charts on Cape TV and it was in the 2021 Top 10 on the ZBC’s Top 50.

Jekete, who said he will be going across the region to promote his new songs, is optimistic that with the Covid-19 restrictions easing, he can now get time to host live shows as well.

“I am currently in the Studio putting up the video for the song Number 1 and all I can promise my dear music fans is some fireworks, because I have also lined up excellent dancers from other countries.”

The vocalist and composer, whose music is slowly getting recognition in a genre that is being appreciated throughout the region, particularly in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria, says it gives him so much joy to be recognised and appreciated beyond Zimbabwe’s borders.

Jekete kicked off his musical career in 2016 when he moved to SA, where he is now musically based.

“I am happy that I got some of the best music producers to work with. These include Dr Paul of Pan Afro Studios in Cape Town. This has also given me the opportunity to come up with a number of projects from collaborations to my own solo projects,” says Jekete.

“I am now on my way to Tanzania for yet another collaboration with one of Tanzania’s biggest artist Mbosso Khani and this is a great opportunity for me to work with a musician, who is under the armpit of Wassafi Records, who also worked with Diamond Platinumz.”

In 2021, three of his videos, including “I am Sorry” and “Dance With Me” and “Mawaza Dance” received rave reviews on the social media platforms, YouTube and Facebook.

Jekete’s musical style has made a great impact on a number of radio stations in South Africa, and if marketed well will be appreciated in other countries such as Tanzania and Nigeria.

Chances are that his music will make it big in most African countries.

“My music targets everyone because it is that type which is easier to dance to especially during festivities.

Among the artists that he has worked with so far include Zami Mdingi (Code Africa) and Chunda D of Tanzania.

Jekete, who has been staying in South Africa for the past 10 years, has been coming home with proceeds from his musical projects going to the less privileged and the vulnerable in Kadoma where he grew up.

“Despite the challenges that are faced by a number of local artists in a foreign land, I am happy that we are breaking new ground and some of the proceeds from my projects will help those who are vulnerable, especially the Girl Child in my home town of Kadoma.”

Jekete has seven albums to his credit and seven videos.

Some of the popular songs include Ngomayorira, Ndinokuda, Wachinja moto, Mawaza dance and Hauchada.

Jekete is considered as an influencer among his fans and is said to be the most loved and decorated Zimbabwean artist in Cape Town at the moment.

“2022 is my year to shine and I really want to thank all my fans throughout the region for the support they are giving me and now that my music is now available on some Radio Stations in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Playstore, its now easy to listen to it.”