mbare chimurenga.jpgFormed in Mbare in 2004, Mbare Chimurenga Choir has defied the odds by coming up with a group that is able to bring the masses together through dances that remind many of the days of the liberation struggle.

 

The Mbare Chimurenga Choir uses jiti and pfonda melodies that are deeply rooted in the liberation struggle to denounce imperialism. According to choir coordinator Elizabeth Bwanya their music is against slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism.

 

She said the two albums that the choir recorded over a period of two years, Nyatsoteerera and Simukai Tiverengane have revolutionary meaning.

 

The choir is a mixture of young and old but the bulk of the choir members are elderly women who have defied old age with their energetic dances.

 

Bwanya said the formation of the choir 7 years ago came after the realization that those who were born after 1980 need to know the history of the liberation struggle through music.

 

Of the 109 members, only 50 managed to be part of the recording team. However the membership has since gone down as some members have relocated.

 

Produced by Amos Mahendere, the group whose members are drawn from the high density suburb of Mbare says its music which is entrenched in dance and song celebrates and tells the story of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle and independence.

 

A political commissar during the liberation struggle, Bwanya says she invited five men from Mbare to assist in playing all the various instruments for the group.

 

The release of their debut album, Nyatsoteera last year gave birth to the popular tune Team whilst the latest CD album Simukai Tiverengane has been getting rave reviews.

 

Among those who joined the choir 7 years ago include backing vocalists Pamela Tsvanhu, Perekai Zinyambi and Constance Chimombe, among others.

 

Elizabeth Bwanya is the Secretary of Women’s Affairs DCC6 which covers Mbare, Sunningdale, Houghton Park and Waterfalls.