Nhlalwenhle Ngwenya, Sunday Life Correspondent
WHEN most upcoming Zimbabwean musicians are looking across Limpopo to feather a comfortable musical nest one Mozambican has found a comfortable musical home in the city of queens.
Charles Romao (22) also known as Romanik, is slowly but surely making a name for himself with his unique flare of music weaved in three languages Portuguess, Sena and Shona.
No doubt the young muso, under the mentoring tentacles of Nathaniel the Oktopus is creating a contemporary music with no particular genre but fuses several genres to come up with an urban appeal.
Romanik who has been up and about in Zimbabwe for the past five years, so far has numerous tracks to his name. Notable are Moyo Wanga and Sawira which have a heavy presence of his mentor Oktopus’s sound appeal.
“So far these are one of the few best tracks that I have to my name. Over the past years I have been slowly, thanks to Oktopus, honing my musical skill to what it is today. So people should look out for my music in different circles,” said Romanik.
Although his music comes in Portuguese and Sena, Romanik’s strength lies in language versatility, he is able to also sing in Shona ensuring he caters for local audience.
“I am capable to sing in three languages, Portuguese, Sena and Shona. With Shona am able to talk to Zimbabwean audience and at the same time give them an insight into my culture,” he said.
Romanik’s mentor, Nathaniel the Oktopus who runs The Sound lab Studio, boldly declared that the young man was the next Oliver Mtukudzi.
“Just watch the space, this young man is going places, for a matter of fact I am confident that he is going to be the next Oliver Mtukudzi,” said Nathaniel.