The Sunday News
Sithatshisiwe Gwaza, Sunday Life Reporter
Amapiano is a hybrid of deep house, jazz and lounge music characterised by synths, airy pads and wide and percussive basslines, originally a South African genre.
The genre has been accepted in Zimbabwe over the years with even local musicians adopting it.
The latest to join in is Zunda, a Tonga advocate, son of the late Andrew Sikajaya “Bigman” Muntanga, who was a pioneer in nationalist politics among the Tonga people, a revolutionary leader and first Member of Parliament for Binga in independent Zimbabwe.
Zunda, born Victor Muntanga follows in his father’s footsteps but echoes in a different sphere, which is music, as opposed to politics.
Victor is a resilient and self-motivated artiste who is passionate about the development of himself and of his peers hence his journey in music.
The Tonga amapiano soundtrack maker is based in Victoria Falls, which expresses his zeal of marketing the tourist attraction city.
“The song is called Zimbabwe and is a direct response to the Government’s urgent call for the revival of the tourism sector and making sure citizens are ambassadors of the country’s tourism destinations which were hard hit by the effects of Covid-19,” he said.
The distinctively bearing song gives social commentary and is one that people can dance to.
The epic new track titled Zimbabwe, has lyrics revolving around the Zimbabwean tourism sector meant to advertise the country’s tourism.
“My goal is to assist the country to promote and showcase our breath-taking tourism products and services.”
The track was recorded in Bulawayo and produced by Skido Flex (real name Oscar Moyo) from Emakhandeni.
The song was released on 10 May and has already sparked a dance challenge on tiktok with a huge following on Facebook and other social media platforms.
The song is also available in internet stores.
“This dance challenge is a virtual talent show to give an opportunity to most dancers who have lost hope in using dance to get out of poverty,” he said.