In 2007, 2010 and 2011 local acoustic music sensation Agorosso had the rare chance of sharing the stage with Africa’s legendary artist Oliver Mtukudzi.
This was a fulfilment of a long-held dream for the Malawian artist who had grown up admiring the Zimbabwean as he tried to master the art of playing the guitar in the early 1990s.
“I taught myself how to play a guitar. I listened, danced and took part in traditional dances in my home village as well as listening to music from most parts of Africa. That is what made me the artist I am,” he said in an interview.
After their joint performance in 2011, in a move that was initiated by the Zimbabwean music great, the two artists talked about the possibility of recording together. But at the time nothing took off the ground.
Agorosso said this was an endorsement that made him add a sense of self-belief and the key to a dream that he had nurtured for long.
Agorosso said: “I believe my music is in the right direction and there are people out there who recognise and appreciate my art.”
In 2016, his manager Emmanuel Maliro reignited the project and subsequently set up four meetings with Tuku. After agreements were thrashed out, work on the project began in June 2018.
Though Agorosso managed to record his part, commitments and Mtukudzi’s ill-health at the time made it impossible for the project to be completed as planned until his passing on January 23 this year.
Maliro in an interview said they are still engaged in discussions with the management of Tuku Music on how they can proceed with the plans.
“We wanted to give Daisy [Tuku’s wife] time to recover after the death of her husband. She is our link person and we felt it would have been unfair to knock on her door while she was still mourning,” he said.
Maliro further indicated that he is talking to other international artists with the view of getting them on board on the project. Agorosso has two albums to his credit Famba and Yaparara Africa which have not been released yet.