'I'm a man from the past, walking in the present,' Afro-Jazz sensation Jahbue says

Published: 01 December 2014 | by Janine Dube
'I'm a man from the past, walking in the present,' Afro-Jazz sensation Jahbue says
Jahbue - Photo supplied
25-year-old singer Jahbue, real name Bramwell Ndlovu, is bringing something new and unique to music.

He describes his music as "Afro centric...a fusion of Ndebele and Shona folk music with an Afrojazz feel or twist to it. It's all love songs and is a cut across, appeals to all age group and its timeless."

Jahbue sings in Ndebele, Shona, Khalanga and English and loves to performs live on stage with a four men band.

The singer and songwriter is set to release his Afro-Jazz album soon and has said: "I'm a man from the past, walking in the present and stepping into the future and I believe that the tallest tree is the one with the deepest root tapping in its home soil."


Jahbue - Vibrate


On what inspired him to go into that kind of music, Jahbue told OneVybe: "I started playing piano at an early age and growing up a pastors son playing at church, I developed a huge passion for live music."

Embarking on a music career has not been a walk in the park for Jahbue and he said: "I've faced mainly financial problems in this industry.... when I started I had no money to record.

"My uncle and family put together money so I could record a demo and that was a push in the right direction.

"Later on I struggled to print CDs, hire equipment for rehearsal venues. Even getting gigs was a problem.

"I was lucky enough my demo was heard by a music mogul based in the UK, Mr Millian Moyo who then helped me record at his Bulawayo based studio and the album is currently being mixed and mastered in the UK."


Jahbue - Selimathunzi


Jahbue has also worked with local producers, Joe Maseko and Israel Yoyolane and his music has received great support globally. Some of the highlights of his career include working with South African producers such as Sipho Sthole of Native rhythms, DJ Lugz, Ladema Records, Sheer Records and Afro Platinum music

Technology has been beneficial for the young musician and he said, "technology has made it easier to master the art of music and recording but then its hit us hard on piracy."

Having said that, Jahbue added, "but if u are in the jazz field its better because we still have loyal mature fans who buy music and can sell online too."

For more information:
www.soundcloud.com/jahbue
https://www.facebook.com/Jahbue
http://www.jahbue.blogspot.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/@jahbueb
- OneVybe

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