I admire Zim artistes – Charma Gal

By Sharon Kavhu

HARARE- RENOWNED Motswana songbird, Charma Gal, who was in Zimbabwe for collaboration with Jah Prayzah last week says she admires Zimbabwean music, artistes and producers..

Born Magdeline Lesolebe, the talented Motswana artiste urged fellow Motswana musicians to copy and learn musical concepts from Zimbabweans

In an interview, Charma Gal told The Southern Times that musicians in Zimbabwe are passionate about music and the producers produce quality music.

“I have realised that Zimbabwean musicians do their music with a passion and whatever they do on stage or in the studio, it’s done wholeheartedly. I think that passion for music has helped many of them to penetrate into the European market; and it will be a great idea for Motswana musicians to also copy from Zimbabweans,” said Charma Gal.

“I just love the musical production in Zimbabwe. The music quality always lures me to consider doing collaboration every time I record an album.

“On the other hand, the fan base in Zimbabwe is growing so fast that doing a Zim/Bots collaboration can be a strategy to market an album.”She said when she came to Zimbabwe, she had a fruitful meeting with the legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi.

“When I was in Zim, I recorded my second collaboration with Jah Prayzah and managed to approach Mtukudzi for a collaboration and he was very welcoming, so we will soon work on something,” added Charma Gal.

Charma Gal dismissed the allegations that she is only interested in collaboration with male Zimbabwean musicians saying she once approached female artistes but it never produced anything tangible.

“I once spoke to Fungisai Zvakavepano sometime last year and while we were in the midst of discussing the concept of the song, she just disappeared.  I don’t know what happened to her.  Maybe she lost my contact and changed hers; I am no longer in touch with her.

“There is also another artiste called Sandra Ndebele, who is based in Bulawayo.  With Sandra Ndebele, we were supposed to meet during one of her shows in Bulawayo, but I do not know what happened she never phoned back and her manager’s number was not reachable.”

She said she also met Ammara Brown during Jah Prayzah’s album launch in 2014 where they exchanged contacts.  Unfortunately, Charma Gal lost Ammara’s contacts.Last year Charm Gal had collaboration with Andy Muridzo, which resulted in the remix of ‘Delilah’.

In 2014, she had her first collaboration with Jah Prayzah on the song ‘Dali Wami’ and another with Prince Musarurwa on the song ‘Friday Mudiwa’.

The Motswana songbird also did collaboration with Sungura artiste, Peter ‘Dhewa’ Moyo.

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