Alema Studio Engineer and Producer, Arron Tom narrating from his work seat
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ALICK Macheso’s Alema Studios has recorded an American artiste, Matthew Wasowski, who is pursuing sungura music.
The studio’s engineer Arron Tom divulged the news to H-Metro.
“Yes it is true that we recorded an album titled ‘Waiting for Soon to Come’ for an American artist here at Alema Studios in Chitungwiza.
“He is a sungura rhythmist called Matthew ‘Moyo’ Wasowski from Portland in United States of America.
(L-R) Killion Chekas Manyika & Matthew Moyo Masowski @ Alema Studio
“The album is due to be released soon, he loved this studio’s whole culture and sound quality like our Zimbabwean dishes and Super opaque drink, sadza and matemba, vegetables, dovi etc,” said Tom.
Wasowski confirmed the development from the United States endorsing Macheso’s studio.
“American ears are certainly ready for it, I love how you Zimbabweans and Africa at large are using ‘Ambassador’ as his title, as Mr. Alick Macheso is exactly that, why, because you can’t make a recording sound like that in USA! Period” said Matthew Wasowski.
“In terms of Alema Studio, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love the arrangement of the space because it allows groups to easily communicate while doing live takes.
“The way they control booth, main room and drums are lined up, everyone can maintain constant contact.
“To me, laying down nice tracks is all about capturing that live energy and not tampering with it.
“The vibe and design over at Alema is perfect for that. The feel is there.
“We couldn’t be happier with our experience at Alema Studio! Aaron Tom is a phenomenal engineer and producer as well. His ears, sensibilities, guidance and contributions were so incredibly valuable for Kidza and me.
“And the sound being generated and captured in that space is unparalleled, just fantastic. You can’t make a recording sound like that in the United States of America! Period.
“There are many factors involved, the vibe being one of the most critical,” he said.
Wasowski said the sungura genre is penetrating his country and will work hard towards that goal.
“America now love Sungura genre and other afro centred sounds after this.
“Mukoma Alick has been amazingly welcoming, encouraging and supportive. He has created something magical at that studio and you feel it the moment you arrive.
“Both Alick and Aaron were instrumental in making this project a reality,” he said.
Macheso’s publicist Tich Makahamadze also weighed in saying, “It was a bond between Matthew ‘Moyo’ Wasowski and Alick Macheso and it’s good for the industry. It’s good for us to have an international at our studio.” H-metro