Renowned South African music icon Penny Penny has extended an invitation to the musical sensation Baba Harare, often likened to Zimbabwe’s Burna Boy, for a collaboration.
These two artists are celebrated for their ability to blend traditional and contemporary musical elements, forging a distinct genre that captivates both local and international audiences.
The Synergy Between Penny Penny and Baba Harare
Penny Penny enthusiastically shared news of their impending collaboration via his official Facebook platform, saying:
“This is Baba Harare from Zimbabwe [African brother]. He will be in my Country [South Africa] my province [Limpopo] My home town [Giyani] at my Palace [ka Nkuri Sifasonke] on the 10th of October 2023. We will be doing a song together in my Studio [Shakabundu Studio]. Everything will be Aheeeee.”
Baba Harare reciprocated the excitement for their upcoming musical project:
“I grew up listening to Penny Penny music so to be invited to his hometown of Limpopo is an absolute honour to be invited to your palace Ka Nkuri Sifasonke. I cannot wait to come and learn from you.”
Artistic Backgrounds of the Musicians
Penny Penny, born Eric Kulani Giyani Nkovani and known as the “Shangaan Disco King”, popularised the musical style during the 1990s. In addition to his musical prowess, he has ventured into politics and reality television.
Penny Penny’s discography includes “Shaka Bundu,” “Laphinda Shangaan,” and “Makanjta Jive,” selling hundreds of thousands of copies in sales. His songs are predominantly in the Tsonga or Xitsonga language, as he aspires to introduce his heritage to the world.
Baba Harare, whose birth name is Braveman Chizvino Mwanza, gained recognition as a member of Jah Prayzah’s Third Generation band. In 2017, he embarked on a solo career, marking the inception of his musical journey as an independent artist.
Notable hits in his repertoire include “The Reason Why (Ramba Wakadzvanya),” “Use English,” and “Haubvire.” Baba Harare classifies his music as Jiti, and his songs resonate with the Shona language, one of Zimbabwe’s official tongues.
Penny Penny and Baba Harare are yet to announce their song’s name and date of release.