Liberty Dube Entertainment Correspondent
SHREWD composer, guitarist and performer, Progress Chipfumo will finally unleash all songs carried on his much-awaited forthcoming album titled Progress Check during tomorrow’s gig at Club Mandisa.
The underrated musician revealed to The Weekender that the album contains eight tracks and will be officially released and launched on April 16 in Harare.
This comes as good news to his fans dotted across the country who have been starved of new music from the dreadlocked musician who last released Hold my Hand in 2014.
“I know my fans have been waiting for something like this and I am glad to tell them that the album is ready and we will officially launch it mid next month.
I will not reveal the titles of the songs for now but I was inspired by my life’s day-to-day experience as well as social themes such as poverty, friendship, love, betrayal and deception. I took my time to come up with this project which I think would inspire people. I also hope to inspire gospel music lovers since the album is laden with some biblical teachings,” said the Sounds of the Motherland frontman.
Although Chipfumo has been inconsistent in releasing albums, he has been one of the finest musicians since weaning himself from Hohodza Band in the 1990s. His previous projects include, Let them know, Progress Report and Ndinovatenda nei.
He added: “Mutare has always been one of my favourite hunting grounds. I am really excited that I am going to meet my ever-appreciative fans there. I will play all the eight new tracks. I will blend them with my old hits. The whole camp is ready for the show.”
Chipfumo has featured on several musicians’ songs such as Leonard Zhakata’s award-winning chartbuster Madam Boss, which also features heir to the Dendera throne, Suluman Chimbetu. He also features on contemporary jazz Jah Prayzah’s fine track, Yambuka rukova off the latter’s album Tsviriyo.
Some of his danceable tunes include Mai Makanaka, Garwe, Kuraper Mwana and Ngwena. He will be supported by resident dance group Mandisa Queens.
Show organiser, Boniface Nyamanhindi confirmed the show.
Rhumba ensemble, BV Labien, budding Zim dancehall artiste Boom Beto, dancer Bev and sungura aces Peter “Dhewa” Moyo and Brian Samaita are some of the artistes scheduled to perform at the venue in April.