(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean gospel singer Abraham Matuka
is set to release an international collaborative song this month
aimed at promoting Zimbabwe’s tourism and cultural understanding
The 36-year old Zimbabwean artist said
Tuesday he will work with six artists from China, Malaysia,
Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and India to
produce the song “Lovely Zimbabwe”.
Matuka last year launched a song
“China-Africa” which features Chinese musicians Han Liuqing and
Li Hua as a way to promote and cement China-Zimbabwe cultural
He received support from the Chinese
community living in Zimbabwe to produce the song.
In “Lovely Zimbabwe”, Matuka will
again work with Han Liuqing, among other foreign artists.
He said “Lovely Zimbabwe” will be a
multi-lingual and multi-cultural song, fusing the languages of
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesia,
Indian and a bit of Shona, Zimbabwe’s dominant vernacular
To be recorded in Zimbabwe, the song
will fuse various music genres including jazz, pop, rhumba and
instrumentals that depict Mandarin culture and music sense, said
Matuka’s manager Blessing Madura.
“We saw it fit to put together an
ensemble of different nationalities so that we relay one
message in different languages spoken across the world. We
thought there is no any other way of doing it than
collaborating with our friends,” Madura said.
He appealed to the corporate world and
other well wishers to assist in the production of the song.
Minister of State for Harare
Metropolitan Province Miriam Chikukwa who has helped guide
Matuka said the song will help to market Zimbabwe as well as
promote cultural understanding among nations.
“I believe this song will do well in
all the respective countries. I therefore call upon
corporate and religious organizations, as well as social and
cultural societies, to take advantage of this project and
market everything Zimbabwean. The international publicity
hat this project is going to attract will be of immense
benefit to our country,” she said.
One of the artists who will
collaborate on the musical project is from the Indonesian
Embassy in Harare.
Aswidya Indririski, an official from
the information, social and cultural affairs department in the
Indonesian Embassy, said Indonesia was excited to partner the
musical group in the project.
“It is quite an exciting project to
get people from different cultures and languages to
collaborate in a song to market Zimbabwe tourism. Indonesia
is famous for its tourism and this is why our embassy is
keen to assist the team and this project because we know
Zimbabwe has a lot of potential especially in tourism,” she
Executive vice chairperson of the
Zimbabwe-Chinese Business Association Li Manjuan said the
Chinese community in Zimbabwe will help Matuka’s musical project
and efforts in marketing Zimbabwe through music.
“We love this country and we will try
all our best to help Abraham on this project and efforts to
market Zimbabwe in China and the international market,” Li