Victor Kunonga

Bio

A masterful story-teller and lyricist, Kunonga Kunonga's songs derive from a profound sense of dignity and social awareness, confronting issues of poverty, dispossession and the rights of ordinary people. Kunonga’s 2004 debut album, 'Such is Life: Ndanyengetedzwa', launched him as one of the most exciting new talents in the local music industry, receiving both critical acclaim and chart success. His second album, 'Uyo' (2006), was described as 'a gem' (The Standard), 'a fantastic piece' (Financial Gazette) and 'mind blowing' (The Herald). In 2010 he released his third album, 'Handinete'.

Kunonga’s characteristically Zimbabwean sound derives from many influences, including strains of the legendary Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Louis Mhlanga. However, it is the legacy of the great Zimbabwean guitar bands of the 1980s that really shine through in his music, such as Devera Ngwena, Bhundu Boys, Four Brothers, Jonah Sithole and the Deep Horizon. Kunonga formed his backing band, Peace, in 2004 and since then, they have been a part of every major festival in Zimbabwe and a regular feature at premium functions and Jazz clubs. His skillful guitar playing, subtle lyrics and charismatic stage presence have garnered a devoted following of fans at his Friday night shows, held in Harare’s premier jazz venue, the Mannenberg.  

Kunonga is a social activist who strives to work toward social justice and change through his music. Since 2006, he has acted as the Southern African Ambassador against Poverty, performing at Stand Up Against Poverty concerts in Harare’s oldest township of Mbare, as well as the large township of Chitungwiza. He has also participated in campaigns on behalf of Action Aid, the UNDP, Zimbabwe’s National Aids Council, and the organisation Football Against Aids in Zimbabwe.

Music

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Usacheme (Remix)
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Peace
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Tigere
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Ndanyengetedzwa
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Usacheme
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Umazenza
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Mayidarirei
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Ikotha Eyikhothayo
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Kushanda
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12. Ndoenda
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Kubuda Ura
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4. Kure Kwatabva
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Ruvengo
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Wagadzirira
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ZWHarare, Zimbabwe
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2004

Contact

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Victor Kunonga
Profile added by Linda Gabriel on 28 Jul 2014
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