Liberty Dube Entertainment Correspondent
MOZAMBICAN-based Zim dancehall sensation Fire Rudman has released an inspiring 12-track album titled â€śNdinoda Kutendaâ€ť.
The 38-year-old musician, whose real name is Shakemore Matenga, now has four albums to his name, namely â€śMwando wakadzoraâ€ť, â€śNdinunureyiâ€ť, â€śNdine mubvunzoâ€ť and the latest offing â€śNdinoda kutendaâ€ť.
Speaking from his Mozambican base, the talented chanter said his new project will definitely penetrate Mozambique market which is largely dominated by genres such as Afro-Cuban jazz, Bolero and Passada.
â€śThis is a thanksgiving album where I am thanking God for the musical journey I have travelled so far. It is not easy to have my music penetrate into a country that has an avalanche of its own music genres. I am happy that I am managing.
My music tackles social issues that affect peopleâ€™s day-to-day lives such as love, betrayal, trust and poverty among other things. I have lined up a series of shows in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but the mega one is the Christmas bash at Chakohwa, which is my home area,â€ť said Rudman, who is backed by a five-member dance crew.
Songs on the new album include â€śRudo rwakoâ€ť, â€śTirikupemberaâ€ť, â€śLiyaâ€ť, â€śMufaroâ€ť feat Chella Mix, â€śTinodananaâ€ť and â€śMangomaâ€ť.
The album was produced at Celso Records in Manica. He has already submitted copies of the album to several radio stations in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
He has videos for â€śUpenyu Makataâ€ť, â€śMangomaâ€ť and â€śMurudoâ€ť.
Matenga discovered his artistic capabilities in 1992 where he joined school drama club at Chaseyama Primary School.
Then he was in Grade Six. He became a member of the school choir from 1995 to 1997 as a leading vocalist and song writer. He coined his first song in 1999 before joining music group Quatro Punch Music International in 2008.
He recorded his first album titled â€śMaplates nemapotoâ€ť in 2009.
Matenga is overwhelmed by the response his new album is receiving in both countries.
â€śDespite facing challenges such as lack of as PA system for rehearsals and live performances as well as capital to market my music, I am soldiering on and engaging my fans and stakeholders so that my brand is popularised,â€ť he added.