HILLSIDE Golf Club will be set alight tonight (Friday) when Peter Muparutsa and the Runn Family perform their album-launch show marking the return of the famous 1980’s group that took the nation by storm.
Dubbed ‘Bringing the Old Skool into Class show’ several artistes including Bob Nyabinde, Paprikaz and local outfits Assegai Crew, Band Mutare, Reverb, Memo and the Antique will perform on the evening.
Local afro-fusion songbird Memory, who is still cutting her teeth in the music industry, will also be launching her new single album titled Mutima Wako.
For most of the new-generation youths who were born after 1990, the name Runn Family will not ring a bell, but the band was a hit in the 1980s and played an integral part in the history of Zimbabwe’s music.
Peter Muparutsa, the founding member of the Runn Family, has regrouped the band and will be officially launching their latest album ‘Echo of a child’s anthem.’
Peter, who had resorted to music production over the years, said he regrouped the band by popular demand. Peter began work as a music producer with Gramma Records in Harare in the late 1990s having produced for several big names the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo, Leonard Dembo and Ilanga, to mention but a few.
From the original Runn Family of the 1980s, there will be Peter himself (bass and vocals), renowned music producer Bothwell Nyamhondera (drums), Jerry Muparutsa (lead guitar) and Anslem Boka.
Born and bred in the sprawling high-density suburb of Sakubva in Old Chisamba, the Runn Family band members formed the group in the early 1970s.
They grew to popularity and became recognised among the pioneers of contemporary music in the 1970s, with Peter at the heart of the group. The group released a string of hit singles which literary became national anthems like Hatichina Wekutamba Naye, a tribute to the late President of Mozambique Samora Machel, Gumbo Mumba-Gumbo Kunze, Moyo Muti, Inhapitapi Chete and Ishe Komborerai.
One of the organisers of the show, Job Torindoh, said the show was set to be special for both the old and young generation.