Westlea Accapela Group Dreams Big ,Salutes Tuku

Tribute to Tuku: Westlea Acapella Group Honors the Legacy of a Musical Maestr

A Westlea acappela group says it is determined to make a name for itself and is unfazed with the fiery competition in the trade.

Speaking to this publication,the leader of the group,Shanduro YaMwari Kelvin Utonga revealed that the Accapela group started in 2018 with some members defecting but he has kept on pushing the brand.

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“We started the group in 2018 but along the way we lost some of our band members due to commitments and many other reasons .However ,I have managed to keep the band afloat.

“The group has done 8 albums so far,”the Shanduro YaMwari frontman said.

He also spoke glowingly about the late musician Oliver Mtukudzi who had offered to provide him mentorship and were working on a collaboration.

The late Dr Tuku expressed interest in working with us during our formative years and that he even wanted to offer us mentorship at his Pakare Paye Arts Centre.

“We were actually working on a collaboration in the last days of his death,he added.The late Oliver Mtukudzi died in 2019 and had become a regional and global musical icon such that he was bestowed a national hero status.

Shanduro YaMwari perfomed live shows in Whitecliff and Chitungwiza which Utonga claims buoyed the group to continue doing music as a career.Some of the group ‘s songs have been played on local radio stations.

The group is currently working on a new album slated for early this month.

“There is a new album which will be out in few weeks time and people should expect fireworks,”.

Other members from the group include Wellington Murodza,Tafadzwa Zata ,Martin Kachikore ,Gabriel Mudehama and Ezekiel Mandombo.

The choral what has become popular as ‘accapella’ gospel genre which got popularised by ‘Vabati VaJehova’ , a group that was formed by Magaya brothers together with their friends in the early 2000.

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