By Ronnie Chisamba
South Africa based Zimbabwean Afro-jazz artiste, Precious Hanya (38) – aka Mr. P – has made a comeback by releasing a new single after a hiatus. Titled Muramba Doro the song tells the story of an elder brother who torments family as a result of drinking beer.
The young brother who witnesses the devious and violent behaviour laments, advising the brother to desist from taking the drink if it pushes him (the elder brother) into being a social and family misfit. Another alternative the concerned brother gives the elder brother is to head to bed when intoxicated.
Murambo Doro has been released on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media platforms, in line with the South Africa government’s stipulated health guidelines which are meant to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Facebook, the track is available through the musician’s account, Precious Hanya.
Speaking from his Johannesburg base Mr. P said the song was produced in Zimbabwe by Mono Mukundu.”Muramba Doro was produced by Mono Mukundu and it is one of the songs on my forthcoming second album,” he said.
The musician’s last official offering was a 6-track album,The Beginning,back in 2013.Mr P produced the album at Gas Studios.The production team included Gideon Zamimba( formerly of the popular Pax Afro) and Anthony Gasani.The latter once worked with renowned gospel singer,Pastor Charles Charamba.
On why he has been silent on the music scene, the musician had this to say: “l have been off the music industry ‘radar’ because of a number of challenges. Chief among the obstacles being the unavailability of financial resources to facilitate my professional growth as a musician. Another challenge was the lack of much-needed media publicity which is of paramount importance in the entertainment industry. It’s unfortunate that much attention is given to the celebrated artiste at the expense of the upcoming musicians.
I am happy that l did not give up during the trying times. Although l have been absent on the spotlight l have never stopped producing music. People who love Afro-jazz should expect a lot from me in the near future.”
Born and raised in Chitungwiza’s Unit D, Mr. P’s passion for music dates back to his primary school days at Seke 5 Primary where he was part of the percussion band and the school choir. Maturity did not dampen his love for music and as a result, he was part of the Zengeza 1 High School Choir.