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About Vee Mukarati
Vee Mukarati is a Zimbabwean singer, saxophonist, composer and host of The Vee Mukarati Podcast. His music is a mixture of soul, afro-groove and jazz influenced by experiences of growing up in the complex socio-political atmosphere of Zimbabwe as well as traveling the world. He writes and sings compelling songs in multiple languages and is an avid collaborator.
Vee started learning the clarinet as a classical music student at age 10 under the instruction of music professor, Mitchell Strumpf. At age 15, as a member of the Prince Edward High School Jazz Band he began playing the saxophone, it was at this point that he discovered jazz and improvisational music. Vee went on to study a degree in Jazz and Contemporary music at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. In 2012 as the lead singer and saxophonist of the jazz quartet, "Jacaranda Muse", the first recordings of his compositions were featured on their debut album "September Sun" released under the french record label "Heavenly Sweetness".
After the completion of his studies in 2014, aged 26,he moved back home to live in Harare, Zimbabwe. It was there that he set off his solo career and quickly established himself as an innovator in the country's entertainment scene. He was the brainchild to the highly successful Afrojazzanova concert series which featured collaborations with some of Zimbabwe's most talented rising stars like Hope Masike and Gemma Griffiths.
During his time in Zimbabwe Vee became a regular fixture at all of the Harare's popular venues and the country's music festivals, playing his brand of contemporary Afrojazz at the Harare International Festival of the Arts, The Zimbabwe Jazz Festival, Miombo Magic Music Festival, Shoko Festival and performing a Dj set at Neverland, Zimbabwe's biggest electronic dance music festival.
Vee has collaborated with artists and DJs in studio and on stages across Southern Africa and Europe including Oliver Mtukudzi (ZW), Mokoomba (ZW), Namvula (ZAM), Jamaram (GER),Baron Retif and Conception Perez (FR), The Mackay.z (ZW),Jason le Roux and Giovani Agostini(IRL).
In August 2017 his solo album "Nyamavhuvhu Night Sounds" was internationally released under his independent record label, Primrose Records. Following it's release it was awarded a Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Award for the music video to the song 'Over Again' directed by Vee and produced in collaboration with painter Helen Teede.
In 2018, Vee Mukarati moved to Geneva, Switzerland. He has since released two singles, "Booty Call" in November 2018 and an impassioned rendition of The Beatles classic "Blackbird", released in December 2018.