After dropping his first mbira and marimba fusion album called Chivaraidze, which he recorded to ‘test the waters’, Zimbabwean-born artist Worseley Manzungu is back again with a new single called Mind Out.
With his latest release, Manzungu believes he has graduated to take on the industry and make a name for himself. He refers to it as a traditional song.
Ernest Seakgosing produced it. Manzungu, who teaches music at North Side Primary School told Arts & Culture that the current single reflects his growth and maturity in the local music industry.
He said that the song is more of a motivational hit and carries with it true African musical identity.
“It has happy instruments because it is a motivational song. In the song, I also come out to show that those African sounds from instruments such as Marimba and Mbira can make great music and I have seen that the people appreciate the fused sound of the two instruments and modern ones,” he said.
He said that although when he released his first album, it was more of testing the waters and being cautious, he now knows exactly what he needs to do to break through.
“The first one there were so many things I was trying out. We managed to sell hundreds (of copies) here and in Zimbabwe. I was trying to establish myself and I think I was successful.
I was cautious, didn’t do much marketing with the first album. Now I am more aware and with the kind of positive feedback that I received from the small population that I interacted with. I am confident that people appreciate the kind of music I do and the new song will do well,” he added.
The 39-year-old said that his music is meant to promote African identity.
He said that the use of indigenous instruments like Marimba, Mbira and drums in his music is identical to the sounds from his native Zimbabwe and from the Congo.
The only electronic instrument accompanying the nusic is the guitar.
Manzungu has worked with drummer Andrew, guitarist Norman, Charles (Conga drums) and Steven on the single.
Local artist Moreline backed him.