Maseru – As an artiste who was mentored by the late, great Oliver Mtukudzi, Mbeu is certainly on track to becoming one of Zimbabwe’s biggest stars.
The young musician, born Ashton Nyahora, this week released his fourth studio album, Manera (Ladder), which by all measures epitomises the greatness of his potential.
Mbeu in his native Shona means “seed”, and he is surely one that is germinating and is destined to produce good fruits.
The singer told the Southern Times this week that the new album was his call to the global music lovers to afford African artistes a chance at the big table with those from the developed countries.
“I would say the lockdown which restricted performances for the last two year inspired the album greatly and even the choice of the title track, ‘Manera’. The track is all about aiming higher than the current status. It’s a song that I did to motivate people, as an anthem to inspire them to aim higher everyday no matter the circumstances,” said Mbeu.
“The ladder is all about taking Mbeu and other African artistes to the top. It’s my desire for us to be considered as equals with artistes from developed countries. We also want to go to the top sharing stages with all the big names because we are that good. We also want to generate income like they do.”
While the lockdowns in Zimbabwe had stopped Mbeu and fellow artistes from holding live performances, they also gave him a chance to start aggressively getting his music onto online platforms.
Mbeu released his first album Hatizvimirire in 2018. It was immediately followed up by Hatikendenge that same year. He went on to release Mhodzi Diaries in 2019 and had hoped to release his fourth earlier had it not been for COVID-19.
“We are a performing band which releases music that it performs and last year we were barred from performing so it was not strategic for us to release music. As a result, over the past 18 months, we released five singles which were sparsely spread to give people new content.
“We have been working on the album for some time but since we could not perform, it did not make sense to release new music. Now that we can perform, we decided to release the album. We have some exciting videos coming up and we will announce the dates next week.”
The new album contains eight tracks, among them collaborations with Jah Prayzah and Jamaican, Glen Washington – something that is sure to win him new followers.