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‘Local artists must be original’

Music lovers continue to question why Zimbabwe’s numerous artists in this generation remain invisible at national level platforms whilst they are around and creating work.

By Evidence Chipadza

A prominent music producer and artist, Houston Mutanga has defied all hurdles to preserve the watermark and originality of Zimbabwean sounds.
“Considering that music need dedication I am working towards creating original sounds which are locally tuned because music should be original not copied or repeated. Music should be part of our original fiber and should be traced to our heritage.

“We urge the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture to help us to get platforms to showcase our talents and music without any favors and segregation,” he said.
Mutanga who started his production in 2009 said he is currently producing the Jujamark mixture of genres, a development which seeks to promote and combine music through creativity.

“Having found my inspiration from Power FM Dj and Producer Tony G (Antony Mukanga) of the then Baseline studios; I started this production house in 2009 despite the financial challenges faced. So currently am based in Mkoba 2 that’s where our recording house and I am working on a project called the JUJAMARK genre project (Journey under Jams of Arts Recording Knowledge,).

“This is a mixture of genres such as dancehall, pop and reggae because it looks forward to give a different taste of dancehall, reggae music.
“I have managed to produce a number of songs with various local artists and across the region. To mention a few I worked with Juliet Nyabweda aka’ Ju’, Marvelous Muchada Aka ‘Salute’, Thirsty Karonga from Malawi, Eminent Ebony from Botswana, Arnold ‘GT’ Mutanga,” he said.

Houston Productions Manager Noreen Sigauke said the government must put legislative framework which support local content saying the move helped to promote home grown products.

“We are grateful for the government’s support but as artists we want more to be done. We need government to bring back the legislative act which enables the promoting of local content. We don’t need to continue shopping from South Africa, Nigeria and Botswana because our local talent is lacking exposure,” said Sigauke

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