Tafadzwa Zimoyo Senior Arts Reporter
Award-winning songstress Cindy Munyavi has released a new single, “Wabata Moyo”, featuring Andy Muridzo, which is trending on radio stations and social media.
The song is from her upcoming album “N1IS” (Noone Is Safe) and was produced by Brycenation.
Although the track tells a good love story, it seems Muridzo’s contribution failed to add value to the track. His vocals sound strained and many critics have said Munyavi could have done better without Muridzo.
In an interview with The Herald Insight, Munyavi said the song was inspired by love.
“I love a good love song. If you listen to some of the songs that I have released before like ‘Nerudo’, and ‘Parere Moyo’ among others, they have a theme of love. My manager Elton Bryce calls me the, ‘Queen of Hearts’, I am a huge fan of good love songs, romance novels, good love movies and if you want to hang around with me you need to show me a romantic comedy. I am a chick flick kind of girl, even if it’s an action movie and involves two people in love, I love it,” she said.
She said her album “N1IS” is being mastered ahead of its release.
“The song was made for the international market, my label Brycenation brought in disc jockey Dro, a Zambian producer, and he was here in Zimbabwe for two months working on the album. He did the instrumentation of ‘Wabata Moyo’ and we wanted to make the music that can be sold all over the world as the song is African r ‘n’ b and is sung in English for everyone to understand but the sound is African,” she said.
Munyavi said the response to her music was amazing.
“I have been plugging and sending out my music in a lot of African countries especially in Zambia, Malawi and Uganda. I have a collaboration with Ugandian star Geosteady on N1IS and I am getting more international collaborations and you will be hearing more of me in the near future,” she said.
However, some music critics have said that Andy Muridzo’s contribution on the song was half-hearted.
On the song, it appears as if Muridzo is struggling to find a modern genre to fit in as he tries to move from the traditional sound which formed his identity when he started.
Some have criticised his contribution to the song describing it as lukewarm, while others believe the song could have been better without Muridzo whose vocals sounded strained on the song.
Efforts to get comment from Muridzo were fruitless as his mobile phone was unreachable.
Munyavi defended Muridzo and said the collaboration was not a rushed project.
“I believe he gave a solid contribution to the song. He gave me what he was feeling and what was organic to him. He wrote his verse and did it well,” said Munyavi.