Popularly known as the Carter in the music circles, Silas Muchemwa the AfroJazz young Zimbabwean musician based in Johannesburg South Africa was born in the early 90s in Mrewa St Paul’s Musami Mission. He grew up in Mukakanhanga / Chaitezvi village with his grandmother now late Elizabeth Magomore.
During the interview the writer had with Silas, he reviewed that he was obsessed by the traditional music of Jiti and Jerusarema accustomed in Murewa area around beginning of summer period. Hunting was amongst his childhood hobbies down.
In Zimbabwe music industry is not considered as business we plead to government to take Arts industry as business that need proper budget allocation from the assigned ministry. Also more television channels should be made available, including radio stations that promotes every artist. Currently media coverage back home is very poor, some talents are dying unnoticed unlike in other nations like here in South Africa. They cover almost everyone in arts and take art as serious business they respect art despite the fact that one is a foreigner. Efforts must be in place to create more venues and festivals in an aim to scout and identify more talents rather than to wait for younger talented to struggle by themselves. Ministry of Sports and Culture must come up with programmes that promotes artists.AfroJazz musician Silas Carter Muchemwa from his Soth African base
Silas did his primary school interchanging Chemhondoro Primary in Mrewa and Macheke Nyazema Primary School, same way happened during his secondary life on those two areas.
Before the calling of music reached fruition he also attended tertiary education at Kwekwe Polytechnic College did National Diploma in Transport Management and Logistics.
AfroJazz Musical Journey:
Silas started his music journey in the 90s during his Primary School level, he was involved in many musical ectivities at a tender age singing in choir, traditional dance. His high school days he would sing during assembly time.
It was during the high school time early 2000s he became serious with the calling of music. Silas sang his first song with Macdonald Chidavaenzi called Zimbabwe after noticed by then Vice President Joice Mujuru, at Monte Casino Girls High after singing the song Amai. The occasion marked the beginning of his journey as he was noticed by the Youth Empowerment Trust YET leadership who attended the event at Monte Casino.
With the help of Chidavaenzi Macdee he successfully recorded his first song Zimbabwe with Macdonald, his second album was Ndasuwa Kumba with Nyasha Timbe. During his days in 2013 at Kwekwe Polytechnic College Silas Muchemwa organised and formed a college band, this was followed by his own band called Afroswitch band in 2014. He was nominated at a competition which was then called Starbrite and achieved the third position in 2015.
Most promising artist award – Khayalami music awards Zimbabwe – 2012
Most informative song – Khayalami Musical Awards Zimbabwe – 2012
Best Afrojazz artist – Kwekwe Arts Merit Awards .K.A.M.A – 2016
Best Video of The Year Award – K.A.M.A -2017
Second Prize Winner Chibuku Road To Fame Midlands – 2014
Achievements won by Silas Carter Muchemwa
2016 chibuku road to fame 2nd prize winner with Kwekwe poly band
2nd prize winner Tertiary institutions festival of Arts TIFAZ 2015
1st prize winner TIFAZ 2016 with Kwekwe poly band
2017 2nd prize winner TIFAZ
2017 I recorded my first album Gogogoi with 8 songs
Karingido song with Tryson Chimbetu
TLC based in S.A
Gracious Maworera based in South Africa
Silas had to thank the following institutions for helping him:
Mirazvo TV for supporting, Ruvalia entertainment, Katsekera Ent, Eye-catching studios, Size music production, Carter music family, Tabrizy entertainment, T.M transport, Bantu studios, family and friends, Bantu Studios
Individuals who nurtured Silas were;
Bob Nyabinde, Jery Gunduza, Aggabu Nyabinde, Zemura brothers [Nick , Mike and Shem], Banny Mpariwa, Tawanda Jumo and lastly Jah Praizer
Special thanked his producers:
Macdee,Maselo, Flexy, Wizzy, Diva Size
Murudo ( award winning video), Ndoenda naye, Machululu, Kurauone
Chivaraidze coming soon .