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From Playing In Harare CBD Streets To A Big Star In Italy: The Inspiring Story Of The Blind Copacabana Artiste


Popular Harare band, Gonora Sounds, which known for entertaining passersby at Copacabana rank is making waves in Milan, Italy.

The band which is a family affair, fronted by blind singer Daniel Gonora alongside his son Isaac, recently got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour Europe.

Reports say earlier this week, Isaac mesmerized Italians in Milan, as he showcased his skills as a drummer.

Blind Copacabana Artiste
Blind Copacabana Artiste Daniel Gonora on the guitar and his son on the drums

His visually-impaired father also effortlessly made the audience dance and enjoy his guitar playing skills and singing style.

Daniel and Isaac have been sharing their experiences in the Milan streets.

Below is a caption on a video shared by Gonora Sounds when they met an Italian, Ferdinando, who once came to Zimbabwe in 2019 and was amazed by the talent of this father-and-son combination.

“In 2019 he travelled to #Zimbabwe to meet them both.

“He fell in love with the sounds and people of #Zimbabwe Ferdinando spent a few days in Harare, Zimbabwe, and loved the Zimbabwean people and sound so much.

“Today as part of a musical collective, we celebrate winning the Italian Tenco award for the album The Gathering.

“From the Copacabana, our street sound that we call Gonora Sounds graces Milan. #sungura #sunguratotheworld.”

The sungura band has about two decades of experience in the music industry.

Their performance on the streets of Harare have videos that have reached millions of views on the Internet.

They have an EP called Shoko Harivhikwe.

Their debut album, released this year in February called Hard Times Never Kill, was produced by Bothwell Nyamhondera and American producer, David Aglow, on New York record label known as The Vital Records.


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