…Flexxo’s Manyika accent, poetic rap style proves popular
GERMAN based Mutare born musician I-Finton who late last year recorded some collaboration tracks with Mutare based poet and rapper Flexxo said their four track Extended Play (EP) project titled ‘Jakachaka’ will be released soon.
In a WhatsApp interview with Eastern Times Entertainment on Tuesday, the reggae and Afro-pop musician based in Aachen in West Germany, whose real name is Finton Mumbure said he was excited to work with his home-boy as he intends to do more collaborations with local artists and raise their profile internationally.
Flexxo whose real name is David Mushawarukwa Mutanda has been in the limelight of late as his career seems to be finally catapulting. His Manyika accent and his poetic rapping style gives him a unique flow as a story teller.
“The collaboration with Flexxo is an idea we had since long back because we are in the same circles of music. We both kept the promise that someday we would record a project together and we finally did,” said I-Finton.
In November they uploaded on You Tube one of the tracks ‘Ngatijakije’ and he said it is doing well as he has been receiving some encouraging reviews.
“The song encourages youths to persevere in whatever they strive to achieve. It talks about procrastination being a thief of time, so it’s a really powerful message,” he said.
The other tracks on the EP are Jakachaka, Madhara ati pfee and Kudenga kune machikoro. He said the EP will be available soon on I-Tunes, Amazon, Napster and Google Music.
I-Finton said he was inspired by Flexxo’s depth and truism to the Manyika accent in his music. Manyika is a local dialect common in the eastern parts of Zimbabwe. He said originality like that in the arts industry in Europe does not go unnoticed, which is why he wants to do more collaborations with artists from back home and put Zimbabwean music in the spotlight.
“Last year, I also did a collaboration with Kritic Igwee another artist from Mutare on a track called ‘Boarders’ which is already being played on radio. Whilst in terms of my solo music career in May this year I should be releasing my third EP,” said I-Finton.
I -Finton with his band Kalabash that he formed in 2016, have so far done two EP projects ‘Get Ready’ and ‘Where I come from.’ They hit a career high moment last year when their reggae single track ‘Missing You’ reached Number Two on Artistify Chats, an online voting platform for music artists in Germany.
The 31-year old composer, guitarist and singer apart from making headlines in Germany has also toured France and Holland where he performed at different festivals. With his band Kalabash in 2016 he performed at the Aachen October Fest which is one of the most recognised music festivals in Aachen, where he was proud to share the stage with Germans biggest world music band Jamaram.
Last year in May, I-Finton initiated and organised the Bob Marley commemoration concert at Mutare Motoring Club targeting to fill up the Motoring arena. The tribute show only comprised of Mutare born artistes.
He said the province has produced musical geniuses like the Runn Family of the Samora Waenda and Gumbo Mumba-Gombo Panze fame, Fortune Muparutsa of the Wangu Ndega fame, renowned drummer Sam Mataure of Oliver Mtukudzi’s band to mention a few, but very few people in Manicaland knew about this.
“We are going to be hosting the Bob Marley commemoration after every other year, so this year we will skip and next year in May organise another concert. The aim is to give a platform for Manicaland artists to showcase their talents and on the day celebrate our musical legends from the province. Last year the show had its glitches as we did not get all the artists we wanted, but like anything that will be starting, it is bound to have its snags and next year we should be able to make the event bigger and better,” said I-Finton.
The late Jamaican music icon Bob Marley remains important in the history of Zimbabwe because of his performance at the 1980 Independence celebrations where he sang his song “Zimbabwe”, a tribute to Zimbabwe’s liberation.
Born on February 6, 1945, the singer and song writer passed away in 1981 in May, a year after he graced Zimbabwe Independence celebrations at Rufaro Stadium.