Harare - Zimbabwean keyboardist Mark Madzinga made history by becoming the first African to appear on the prestigious Nord World Sessions.
Nord World Sessions are a compilation by the Swedish manufacturer of premium pianos in which selected artists perform at home or in the studio.
Before Madzinga`s recent appearance, no other African had ever been featured on the prestigious compilation.
He explained to The Southern Times how he landed the gig.
“They initially sent me a message on Instagram about me featuring, then they sent me an email. I actually became the only Zimbabwean and also the first African that they featured on Nord World Sessions.
“I played two original tracks. One is a single I released in May. The other is a song from my upcoming album, dedicated to my late wife, who passed away last year,” said Madzinga.
Madzinga said the performance, which is attracting attention online, was of significance to him as he felt the weight of the whole continent on his shoulders as he played.
“I felt honoured to be recognised at that level. I also felt proud to be raising the Zimbabwean flag high at that level. I was as grateful to get an opportunity to show that good things can come out of our nation and our continent,” he enthused.
Asked on what he thinks it would take for Africa to have its own platform of that nature, the well-travelled instrumentalist said there was a need for a shift in the manner in which artists like him were perceived on the continent.
“We have many gifted people out there but they are not recognised or celebrated enough. It could be at a community level, national or regional level but we need an organisation that can create a platform to showcase the vast talent found in our many musicians across the continent,” said Madzinga.
The former banker - who left his profession to pursue music full-time in 2014 holds a Jazz Piano diploma from the Berklee College of Music in the United States, and a Music Mixing and Mastering diploma from Point Blank Music School in the United Kingdom, among other qualifications.
He has travelled the region with Bishop Tudor Bismark, and has worked with several accomplished artists on projects that have won international awards.
“I have mostly worked with artists like Pastor G, Jesse Priestly, Ammara Brown, Rute Mbangwa, Prudence Katomeni, Zimpraise and Janet Manyowa. I am currently working with some South African artists and producers for my own album.”
He was scheduled to do a tour of Europe this year but that went up in smoke with the COVID-19 pandemic.