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Entertainment - Date: 18 February 2018
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 847
The maestro of Afro-Tshivenḓa traditional music, Azwianewi Christopher Mathogo, recently dropped his latest album, which is taking his career to another level.
Vhusiwana, which should have come out last year and was postponed because of technical reasons, was finally released last week.
It contains songs such as Ha vhulawi, Vha ḓo shavhela'fhi, Vha mmbengelani, Lufuno lu na maanḓa, Mitshelo ya lufuno, and Vha ntsedze zwavhuḓi.
“Just like with all my previous albums, I've always strived for quality, and quality projects come with hard work,” he said.
For a musician who has already six albums to his name, Mathogo has experimented with the craft and he takes his work quite seriously in that he never releases an album before he is totally satisfied with its quality.
He became famous and a household name with the release of this third album, Zwimangadzo, which came out in 2011. From then, he has never looked back.
He maintains that he started by drumming cans and tins while experimenting with sounds as a small herd boy at Mphireleni village in Ha-Budeli. He developed his singing skills in a boys' choir.
“I play guitar in a manner that reminds listeners that Tshivenḓa music is not inferior to any other music,” he said. “I make use of the original Tshivenḓa idioms, proverbs and sayings in order to fully reach my listeners, and also as a way of promoting and preserving my language and culture.”
His music caters for all age groups in that he sings about issues that concern village life, the residents and citizens and the beauty of nature.
Mathogo can be reached on 076 906 9044. He is also on Facebook.
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Azwianewi Christopher Mathogo.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.