By Daniel Kachere News Editor
An old adage says wine matures with age, but does this adage resonate well with maturity in music? Well, that is for fans to decide this Saturday as talented Afro pop singer and songwriter Selmor Mtukudzi is set to launch her eighth album titled “Selmor 4.0” at Sherwood Golf Club in Harare.
Selmor who is daughter to the late Zimbabwean music icon and national hero, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has dedicated August as a celebratory month as she turns 40 on August 22 just 10 days after the launch of the album.
Her new offering has eight tracks including Ndatenda, Hamunyare, Mafungiro, Takabvira Kare, sons which resonate with her erstwhile style of music while the other four have a more modern and digital appeal.
These include Hosanna, Anoti Pwe featuring Boss Guss, Kumatenga and Mumwe Wangu.
Flanked by her husband and fellow musician Tendai Manatsa, Selmor revealed that being behind her father’s shadow was the greatest challenge she faced in her music career at a press conference in Harare Tuesday.
Selmor revealed that she is working hard to prove her mettle in the industry and escape from her father’s shadow which makes many underestimate her talent.
“That is the greatest challenge in my career that i have always been compared to my father and trying to prove myself with that shadow hovering over me has been my greatest challenge.”
Asked about what inspired her new album cover, Selmor said she was inspired by her pride of being African.
“I am proud of being African and my complexion. I wanted my complexion to be reflected as it is. I wanted my Africanness to show, so it is a reflection of who i am,” she said.
Apart from these celebrations, her fans are also going to get an extra dose of controversies and conspiracies in the Mtukudzi family spanning two decades as she promises to expose who she really is and stands for in a documentary chronicling her life from childhood to date.
Eager followers will get answers to some of the questions that have been boggling their minds since her father’s death as she promises to spill it all out.
A trailer of the documentary released Tuesday revealed some hidden truths surrounding her late father’s will, and relations between her mother Melody and Daisy.
“I’m only speaking my truth. I’ve carried this for 20 years.”
She also highlights how she was affected by family issues that at one time forced her to leave school despite her first class passes which disappointed her father.
“I was the first one in the family to show promise in school, so he was very disappointed,” she reveals.
Her sister Samantha and the celebrated Sam Mataure also features in the documentary that promises to expose closely guarded secrets within the Mtukudzi family. Nhau/Indaba