OBIDIAH Matulane, aka Dr Kanindo, has bounced back after a long self-imposed musical sabbatical by releasing a four-track album in honour of the late Vice-President Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo.
The album titled 1 July 1999: A tribute to Joshua Nkomo, was released last week ahead of this year’s commerations of the death of Father Zimbabwe.
Matulane told Southern Eye Lifestyle the album seeks to celebrate the life of the late revered liberator and statesman.
He said it was imperative for him to use his creative skills to come up with an album that would honour the life of the late vice-president.
“I decided to use my creativity to come up with this album so that masses in Zimbabwe can honour and remember the life of our late vice president through music,” he said.
The album contains mbaqanga and a cappella. It was recorded in Bulawayo at House of Rising Studios.
The album was recorded by Joe Maseko who also mixed and mastered all the tracks.
Matulane said his album would soon hit the airwaves as he was working on modalities of taking his latest offering to various radio stations in the country.
“I hope my music will be appreciated during this period as we will be celebrating and remembering the life of Umdala Wethu,” he said.
Some of the tracks in the album include 1 July 1999, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Nkomo a cappella and an instrumental version of the title track 1 July 1999.
Matulane is one of artistes who enjoyed a fine run in the late nineties and beyond the turn of the millennium.
He lived a rough patch as piracy was widespread in the country.
Of late he has gathered his momentum coming back to the music scene and holding performances in various venues across the country.