By Jeoffrey Mukubi
SAVANNAH Afros, a band encompassed of songwriters, performing artists and social activists are ready to do business again. Tapz Munya, Stunt and Nayasha Kirsten have once again re-joined forces to create a sound that will capture the hearts and minds of live music lovers all over the country.
The afro-fusion jazz, soul, pop and traditional music group has taken a year’s break for personal reasons, but they have also decided to do things differently this time around. The Afros had earlier developed a keen interest in local cross-cultural exchange programmes and partnerships, performing with established musicians and artists. Band leader and keyboardist Nayasha Kirsten told Confidente that they are sticking to the same classic sound as before, but they want to use their band as a platform to introduce newer artists in the industry. “The band has seen growth in terms of music and originality. We will be using it to pump new talent into the industry,” Kirsten said. Over the past years they have collaborated with various artists with whom they recorded tracks and performed internationally. The band earned local fame for their real and heartfelt records. Among its many accolades since being in existence for almost seven years, the band launched its first album in September 2015 at warehouse theatre with Pedro Mendoza from New Mission Films/ Open Arms Trust as executive producer and has been doing well on the arts scene. Savannah Afros have a contemporary sounds that is very diverse, as they are influenced by a range of African music genres but their main aim as a band is to reach to the world stage and showcase what Africans have to offer. Their music is full of social commentary and they say they are inspired by the everyday life of African people and they’re taking a stand to defy the norms and open a gateway to inner understanding of life and an acceptance of nature’s way.“The band has performed in most of SADC countries and parts of Europe, receiving a positive response that has also made us to be where we are now. The group has gained much popularity lately, yes,” says Tapz. “It’s because of how we deliver the message to the people. Telling our own trials and life stories we have swiftly ensnared local hearts in between peddling a fun fusion of afro beats and this effect is a sound that transcends race and gender,” he adds.
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