Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent

ZIMBABWE contemporary musician Hwabaraty on Friday night honoured his past and present as he brought together people who played a role in his career during the launch of his music video Bavuma.

The music video was launched during a live on his Facebook page that has garnered over 5 000 views so far. It was hosted at Sabela Music Project’s Studios in Bulawayo.

During the launch people like radio personality Babongile Sikhonjwa, his MP Kucaca Phulu, Mrs Thembi Nyathi, model Ben Chest, Doreen Phulu a lawyer, Nkululeko Nkala, Saimon Mambazo Phiri, Hlengiwe Mthethwa and Jeffrey Sibanda from AfriArt.

Hwabaraty believes that he has been surrounding himself with the right people who have nurtured him.

“I’m thankful for the people who’ve accompanied me on this journey who’ve said, sometimes it’s not about awards, sometimes it’s about pursuing your passions,” said Hwabaraty.

People like Jeys Marabini, Shakes Ngwenya the founder Shakers Records, DJ Mjox, Patrice Naiambana, Matesu Dube director of Umkhathi Theatre Works, Nkululeko Dube director or Iyasa, Saimon Mambazo Phiri director of Sabela Music Projects, Cleo CnC and Godwin ‘Smallz’ Ndlovu, Alexander Mhlanga of Amawumbo Dance Company and Precious Phiri his wife all contributed in their own way.

“These are the key people who have helped me in my journey in my 19-year art journey. They are so many who have helped me and off my head are too many to mention, but I’m grateful to them,” said Hwabaraty.

Turning to his music video Hwabaraty said this was a precursor to his album Kolobetsha which he says will be different from his previous four.

“I’m working on an album- Kolobetsha. What makes Kolobetsha different from his other albums is its modern influences and the versatility in the types of sounds incorporated. I’m also going to continue to focus on putting more energy and time towards the accompanying visuals for his upcoming singles. In fact, the next music video will continue to feature AfriArt, a Bulawayo-Based Entertainment company,” said Hwabaraty.

The album will be diverse as Hwabaraty revealed a variety of musicians from hip hop, to house to Imbube.

It will feature the likes of Zimbabwe Rhumba musician Clement Magwaza, hip hop’s Asaph, uZah from Nobuntu, Maskandi musician Gazielimnyama, house music producer DJ Cooperman and Shakes Ngwenya the founder of Shakers records.

Hwabaraty’s spokesperson Bro Dash from NISO said when asked what was in store for Hwabaraty in the future he simply said: “Hwabaraty is the future”.

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