Mafriq
Mafriq is an award-winning Afro-fusion musical band based in Harare the capital city of Zimbabwe. The group rose to fame in 2003 when the so-called 'Urban Grooves' music was gaining popularity especially among the youth.[1] Their name was derived from the phrase ‘My Africa’, hence they maintain an African flavour in all their productions. The trio of Pauline Gundidza, Tungamirai Tunga T Tavi and Lovedale Discord Makalanga formed the musical group which rose to fame in the contemporary music industry with some of its hit songs such as 'Ndizvo Chete'.[2]

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Members

Pauline Gundidza

Pauline Gundidza grew up in Harare and discovered her musical career when she was still in high school.[1] Pauline, as she is affectionately known by her fans has been the lead singer of the group since its birth. Pauline's polished voice branded together with the traditional mbira sound has for long been identified with the Mafriq Afro-pop music. The singer was once married to another famous artist Roki who sings the popular R and B genre and their marriage has been on the spotlight for its ups and downs.[3]

Lovedale Discord Makalanga

Also popularly known as 'Discord' in the music circles, Lovedale was born in Harare to a father who was a passionate traditional musician.[4] It is this love for music which flowed through his blood and resulted in him adopting a music career. He teamed up together with Pauline and Tunga T in 2003 and formed the Mafriq musical band. Through the Mafriq era, Discord has been the lead singer at some times, he plays the drums and is also a backing vocalist.

Tungamirai Tunga T Tavi

Tunga T was also part of the musical group in 2003 and his is unmistakably prominent in the award winning song Ndizvo Chete. However, Tunga T left the group in 2010 to pursue a solo career in designing and gospel music. Tunga participated in the production of two Mafriq albums titled Chizevezeve (2006) and Shungu Dzemoyo (2009) before pursuing a solo career.[5]

The departure of Tunga T from Mafiq has however not meant the end of the group. Discord and Pauline have continued to perform at various shows in the country. They have polished their live show performances especially on drums and traditional mbira instruments. After a small break in 2013, Pauline and Discord came back with a new single titled Zambuko.[5]

Discography

  1. 2003 Chamhembe Debut Album (The hit track was done together with other artists such as Roki, Plaxedes Wenyika, Sanii Makhalima and Tererai Mugwadi.
  2. 2006 Ndichamuudza Chete
  3. 2009 Shungu Dzemoyo[4]

Awards

  1. 2004 Most Performing Artists
  2. 2004 Song of the Year ( Ndizvo Chete)
  3. 2004 Video of the Year ( Ndizvo Chete)[4]


International Live Shows

  1. South Africa
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Mozambique [4]

Popular Local Platforms'

  1. Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)
  2. Channel O events
  3. Chimanimani Arts Festival
  4. Book Cafe
  5. Annual International Film Festival [4]

Collaborations

Mafriq worked with a Zambian group called Amayenge in 2013. The collaboration with the Zambian based group was initially meant towards producing a fusion of afro-pop together with Zambian urban flavour in both Shona and Bemba.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 , Mafriq, "Reverbnation",retrieved:18 Jun 2014"
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  3. , PAULINE GUNDIDZA; IM NOW READY FOR NEW LOVE AFTER ROKI, "NewsdzeZimbabwe", published:18 Jan 2013,retrived:18 Jun 2014"
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  5. 5.0 5.1 Tarisai Machakaire, Ex-Mafriq star releases solo album, "Daily News", published: 6 Oct 2013,retrived:18 Jun 2014" Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "abc" defined multiple times with different content
  6. , Jonathan Mbiriyamveka, Zimbabwe: Mafriq Engages Zambia's Amayenge, "The Herald", published:21 Feb 2013,retrived: 18 Jun 2014"