Zim guitarist shares Joyous Celebration story
By Sharon Kavhu
Zimbabwean guitarist Frank Mavhumira is still overwhelmed by making his big move to celebrated South African gospel choir, Joyous Celebration (JC) despite having made the move two months ago and having made numerous performances.
Mavhumira joined JC in March and to date he has performed with the SA renowned choir, making six appearances in different southern African countries.
Speaking with The Southern Times last week, Mavhumira said his debut show with JC was in Lesotho and it was quite an experience.
“So far I have done 6 gigs with JC. My debut performance was in Lesotho in March and this was followed by another in Mozambique a month ago. I also performed during our three shows before the launch of JC 21 tour in Johannesburg and the sixth show was the recent ‘Hallelujah Night’ in Zimbabwe,” said Mavhumira.
The Zimbabwean artist said he started professionally strumming the guitar in 2008 when he played for Rute Mbangwa, a Zimbabwean Jazz artist.
“As l matured l became a household name in the local industry working and recording with different artists such Prudence Katomeni Mbofana, Hope Masike, Takesure Zamar ,Pastor G and Alexio Kawara who are all Zimbabwean talents,” added Mavhumira.
“In the process, I had a chance to travel in different countries other than those in Southern Africa such as Algeria, Denmark and Uganda. The experience was adventurous and had a lot of lessons.
“I also gained some experience through a 6 months cultural exchange program that I attended in Turkey two years ago. The program was hosted by an organisation called Mother Africa.”
On the other hand, Mavhumira said he recently started a jazz outfit together with friends and they call themselves ‘Solid steps’.
Solid Steps has always been performing at the Zimbabwe Jazz Community’s Jassics sessions.
He added: “The group consists of Cornelius Mponda on Keyboard, Simbarashe Chimanga on drums, Emmanuel Chii on Auxillary keys and Freedom Chinosengwa on bass.
“As Solid Steps we have performed during the Zimbabwean Jazz Community sessions.”