Zim artist on West African tour

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Sharon Kavhu

Windhoek – A Zimbabwean artist, Anderson Mamimine has embarked on an ambitious project to release a 120-track album over 10 years.

To make this a reality, Mamimine has begun an African tour to explore his humanitarian mission, which will see him doing collaborations with African music icons.

Mamimine, who was a runner-up of the Voice of America Africa Health Network Awards in 2013 with his album ‘Hell on Earth’, began his tour last week Tuesday. The tour will take him to Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya for the purposes of the music project.

His communication manager, Munashe Rungano, in an interview from South Africa, told The Southern Times that Mamimine’s musical project started this year and he intends to release a new album every six months starting in 2019.

“Mamimine left Harare on Tuesday and his first port of call is Nigeria where he is due to meet and perform with his fellow continental award winner, Oseum Dasco in Abuja.  He will then proceed to Mali on a humanitarian mission, which will see him meet the iconic musician Salif Keita and several other artists in the nation. The tour rounds off in Senegal where he is set to initiate relations with a crop of musicians who have a penchant in awareness and activism campaigns through music. Prospects are that he gets to meet Youssou N'Dour, a prominent Senegalese singer,” said Rungano.

“During his tour, Mamimine will engage Salif Keita prior to the recordings as he did with Tshepo Tshola of Lesotho, who will be in Zimbabwe for the recording in January 2019. He also intends to meet Youssou N’Dour, Eric Wainaina and others.

“However, it has to be noted that there are no prior engagements with most of the artistes. He is going unannounced to most of them to court them.”

He said Mamimine has opted to involve artists from West Africa in his next studio recordings since they are currently dominating the African music sphere.

Mamimine is battling glaucoma and has only under 7% sight left in his right eye and his wish is to maximise his efforts on his musical project while he still can, particularly on this tour. The doctors have told him that he could completely go blind anytime.

“The idea behind the tour is to court the artistes for his upcoming project which will be released over 10 years which means two albums annually. It is best to call it a 120-track project with 20 albums, which will be released over 10 years. So far he has done almost half of the tracks and the project is titled ‘Life on Earth’ and it will be released in two volumes per year,” said Rungano.

The fundamental message of the album is that the human race has to do more to improve the life of the next person. This is a humanitarian project so it preaches the message of loving one another for the betterment of our lives.

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