Iyana’s Perfect Start To Musical Journey
Atop the lofty Karigamombe building in central Harare, the soothing sounds of Iyana echoed.
A blend of enchanting vocals and a rhythmic acoustic guitar was enough to warm anyone that chilly Sunday evening.
The guitar prowess of Trust Samende, a seasoned guitarist and vocalist, Qheqheshiwe Mntambo kept the sizeable crowd entertained, while many took to the dance floor, getting down to some smooth Afro jams.
Iyana, loosley translated, it is raining is a new outfit set to redefine the music space in Zimbabwe.
Unlike many bands, Iyana has stripped down their music to leave listeners with just the acoustic guitar and vocals to engage musical senses.
The soul of the music is in the haunting guitar lines and vocals, something festival lovers would pay top dollar for.
Atop that Karigamombe, adjacent to the Mbuya Nehanda statue, Harare witnessed the budding of an afrocentric outfit.
The night was to begin with the screening of the Iyana documentary, a production on how the duo set up a three-week musical camp and produced an 11-track-album.
Revelers were taken down a musical journey by Mntambo who belted tune after tune to an enthusiastic crowd.
The song Imali from the duo’s debut album was the favorite of many on the night so much that the crowd called for an encore.
It was a perfect entry onto the music scene for Iyana, a group destined for bigger things.
Like their name, it can only rain good music from here on!