AFRO jazz musician Selmor Mtukudzi and her husband – Tendai Manatsa – will celebrate their ninth anniversary in a unique way as they hold a double album launch that reflects the time they have spent together, this weekend.
Selmor’s nine-track album is titled I am Woman while Tendai’s seven-track album has been named Bhomba.
The couple, who two years ago said they would stop working together musically, will launch their albums jointly on Saturday at La Rouge bar in Westgate, Harare.
As from next week, the albums, recorded at the couple’s new studio, Manatsa Music Studios, will be on sale for $1 each and will be distributed nationally by Diamond Music.
Selmor – daughter to Oliver Mtukudzi, said her third album was about women.
“I am Woman is about all the good qualities of a woman,” Selmor said. “The album launch coincides with our wedding anniversary month as we celebrate nine years and three children together on May 20. To celebrate, we decided to do a joint album launch this week.”
Songs on her album are Ndinaye Wangu, Remember Girls, Sorry Babe (featuring Buffalo Souljah), Mwana Asingacheme, I Am Woman, Ndinochengetwa (featuring Mathias Mhere), Zvidikidiki, Baba Vevana and Butterflies.
Reflecting on their nine-year marriage, Selmor said: “Over the time I’ve spent with Tendai, I’ve learnt that it’s very important to get along with each other and be friends. If one doesn’t do that, we’ll irritate each other.
“I’ve a present for Tendai and I’m hoping that he’ll surprise me on the day.”
Manatsa on the other hand said his fourth album was a celebration of nine years of music and love.
“Selmor and I have spent so much time together and our music and love life is intertwined. I’ve learnt that my wife is always right in everything she suggests and says.
“A lot of people think the day you tie the knot is when you’re married, that’s not the case. It’s actually when you have children, live and do things together that make up marriage,” said Tendai.
He said Bhomba, which features tracks Totenda Dzanwa, Ndichifema (ft Stunner), Kunyeperwa, Kuvhetemesa, Pfumo, Nyadenga (ft Zexie Manatsa) and Vanodanwa (ft Aaron Manatsa) is filled with songs for fans to enjoy.
“I can’t say which song fans should look forward to because in my eyes, all of them are hits; it’s entirely up to fans to choose. The album has duets with my father, brother and Stunner. It’s really for everyone,” he said.
Tendai and Selmor, who have been performing together since 2005, have recorded two albums together: Ndinewe – I Am with You and Tendai and Selmor Live. Prior to this, they had each recorded solo albums Kudzoka Kwababa and Shungu. The two decided to focus on solo careers in 2013.
Following the decision, Selmor released Expressions, which featured hit Nguva Yangu while Tendai last recorded in 2012.