NORWAY-based Zimbabwean music legend Busi Ncube has taken up the task of exposing local artistes to European audiences by taking under her wing a batch of musicians who then get a chance to tour with her around her adopted country and beyond.
After she exported the talents of Sihle Ngwabi and Sibusiso Mhlanga last year, Ncube will continue with a trio of musicians whom she feels will be a hit in Norway. Hudson Simbarashe, Ebony Sheik’s Siphathisiwe Ncube and Edith WeUtonga will be the beneficiaries of Ncube’s project this year.
“I do it every year. Last year I had Sihle Ngwabi and Sibusiso Mhlanga. This year I had come to get Edith WeUtonga, Hudson Simbarashe and my twin sister Siphathisiwe. We’re going on a tour around Norway. We were supposed to play in England but it got postponed to September. It’s an African themed festival so hopefully these guys come back again,” Ncube said in a recent interview.
Ncube said a stint in Norway would give the artistes a chance to attract new audiences.
“I try to make sure that whenever I get something there I also publicise my artistes from this side. So they bring their own CDs and they get a chance to reach new audiences. If they interact with promoters as well after we finish our gigs I will also have no problem with that,” she said.
With artistes getting a bad reputation for disappearing in their host countries while on tour, Ncube said she hoped that everyone that she took that side will not play hide and seek when it was time to come back home.
“No one should stay behind. They should all come back to their families and then get back on their own accord. There’s been a problem of artistes refusing to come back. When they decide to stay over, it becomes a problem because I’m always bringing in artistes every year. My chances of bringing in other artistes in the future won’t be very good,” she said.
She added that the artistes she took would get a chance to mix and mingle with professionals in Norway.
“I play with professional musicians that side so I want to expose them to those people. They will get a chance to interact with teachers and music professors. There will be no restrictions to what they can do once they’re that side,” she said.
Ncube said although there was a budding crop of musicians looking to go international, she was not looking to court artistes that had already made it big in Zimbabwe and thus stood a chance of cracking the international market on their own.
“There’re young guys that I want to take that side in future. What I don’t want is to take musicians that are already exposed.
They’re very good musicians like Jah Prayzah and Ammara Brown but those guys are already exposed to international audiences, because of that they’re big on their own right,” she said.