After joining Jah Prayzah’s music LABEL Military Touch Movement (MTM), Andy Muridzo immediately brought his half-baked third album Tichambotenderera to JP studios for final touch-ups.
The end result was below expectations and many believe the more popular Jah Prayzah was out to drown out Andy Muridzo perceived as his competition.
Muridzo then broke away from MTM following rumors of being sidelined and having his talent suppressed
Andy Muridzo has however bounced back and is determined not to repeat his mistakes. He’s out to pick up from where he left with the release of a 16-track album titled Munondo this Friday.
“This time it (the album) is purely original and does not have any trace of influence from anyone I was involved with in the recent past,” he said
Andy has been labelled as Jah Prayzah’s copycat, but he insists things will never be the same and to back this up he did not work with his long-time producer Maselo, but instead settled for Casper Beats.
Andy seems to have alienated himself from the crowd who hang around Jah Prayzah.
He has now chosen Progress Chipfumo, Mbeu and Gary Tight, among others, as his supporting acts on the day of the launch.
Muridzo says he wants to unleash God’s sword (munondo) to “deal with dark forces that hinder progress among people”.
“That is what the music in my new album is about. it is not gospel as such, but mainly touches on social life and speaks about problems affecting people’s day-to-day lives,” said Muridzo.
The Dherira singer (born Andrew Ngwenya) has released a countless number of Zimdancehall songs as well as collaborations.
According to him, the diversion was a means to maintain relevance while the album will carry the contemporary traditional sound he is known for.
“The sound I have been dishing out in most of the singles I have released this year has been Zimdancehall and that has been to maintain my relevance,” he said.
“When it comes to the album I will not do any of those funny tricks but will revert back to my original sound so everyone should just get ready for very good music.”
His manager Gift Petro, who described the latest project as “exceptional”, said everything was set for the launch scheduled for 1+1 night club in the capital.
“In terms of logistics, we are on a good path because our venue carries a total of 2 000 people and that is the number we are expecting so they will be able to fit it,” he said.
Petro said they would be selling CDs and flash disks containing all of Muridzo’s four albums.