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New Kunonga album

JAZZ sensation and Kora Music Awards entrant, Victor Kunonga, is set to deliver his second album in time for Christmas. The album is likely to be called Munyamai or simply Victor Kunonga and is a

follow up to his successful debut release Ndanyengetedzwa (Such is life).

Kunonga told Independent Xtra this week that the nine-track album, which was scheduled for release in June, was delayed due to vigorous mixing and mastering in South Africa, with the final mastering phase expected to finish next week. Songs to watch out for on the new album include Munyamai, Mamurega, Mandirasa, and Uyo Kunonga. Munyamai is a continuation of the central thrust of his debut which touches on abuse and life’s misfortunes. The song Uyo Kunonga is likely to send many a fan into a frenzy, as it is a loose instrumental and is an expression of Kunonga’s persona.

The album is a marked improvement from Ndanyengetedzwa and depicts maturity and ingenuity of his lyrical prowess.

“The album is dynamic,” said Kunonga. “It’s difficult to pick the best song. I put equal effort on all of the tracks, so people are the better judges and will deduce which one is the best.”

He attributed his growing audience base to the support and fan appreciation of his first effort which instantly put him on the local musical map as an artist with a unique blend of sound. “People have discovered and appreciate the goodness of my first album. Their response has been overwhelming and I just have to assure them that I’m here for them and here to stay.” He added that his debut success has opened many doors for his career and managed to introduce him to the industry as an equal.

Kunonga in his short musical stint has managed to stage shows with the industry’s titans such as Oliver Mtukudzi and fellow jazz artists across the Limpopo who include Steve Dyer and South Africa-based Zimbabwean guitarist Louis Mhlanga. – Staff Writer.

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