Selmor Mtukudzi Says Hit Song “Too Personal”

Songbird Selmor Mtukudzi has revealed that her hit song “Nguva Yangu” (literally, My Time) was based on her own personal experiences of rejection by a lover but would not say who had let her down.
The rising jazz star and daughter of veteran musician Oliver Mtukudzi however expressed regret for exposing her personal feelings in public.
“I don’t think I’m going to do anything like that again. It was too personal,” Mtukudzi told SABC Channel Africa’s Thulasizwe Nkabinde on the prestigious Rhythmns of Africa show.
Mtukudzi has previously been linked to musician Tendai Manatsa, son of ’70s hitmaker, Zexie Manatsa. She would not say if Manatsa was the betrayer and time-waster she sings about in the popular song, which has now been remixed with a mbira touch.
Mtukudzi dismissed as false published claims that she was not receiving enough support from her succesful father and late jazz player step-brother Sam.
“Thank you so much to my family. Now I’m crossing borders. Thank so much and keep the love,” she said.
Mtukudzi said people always compared her to her father and expected her to act like him, which she found challenging.
She announced her tour plans.
“We are going to the United States in July. We’re going for some festivals and we’ll be playing around Washington,” Mtukudzi said.
She also revealed her passion for the mbira instrument, which she plays expertly, saying she had been influenced by the late Chiwoniso Maraire.
“I love the music of Chiwoniso. She had the most powerful voice any woman could wish for. She was so talented,” Mtukudzi said.
She said she also enjoyed the music of Celine Dione, describing the U.S. songstress as “so passionate”.
Selmor Mtukudzi has performed widely at jazz events in Zimbabwe, with a signature show at HIFA 2013, alongside South African Lucky Dube’s daughter.


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