Urban Grooves Super Producer Returns to Zimbabwe!

Urban grooves' super producer Flash Gordon is back in Zimbabwe after putting his dreams of music production on
hold like tea folks to persue higher education in Rome, Italy. Born Tendayi Mutekedza Flash studied Media and Communication at Pontificia Università Gregoriana.

 On life in Italy he says: “It was difficult at first because of language since they only speak Italian here so I had to learn it fast. “Now I am very fluent. I can actually conduct lessons and write exams in Italian.” Flash Gordon was born on January 7, 1984 in Chivhu. He has four siblings, a boy and two girls. “We are a balanced family as you see.” He lived in Chivhu and attended Chivhu Primary School. He later moved to Harare where he went to Oriel Boys’ High School. “That is where my interest in music started. The whole school listened to me while I played the piano at morning assemblies."

With that talent shining for all to appreciate, Flash Gordon’s career started while serving his apprenticeship at Pastor Kasi’s Gospel train in 2003. He was to carve his niche in the music that was later to be called urban grooves when he worked on projects for raga maestro Major E and Extra Large’s Ndinoda Kushamura Newe. He has undertaken projects for Maskiri, Nuclque, Otis Ngwabi, Plaxedes Wenyika, the Ndangariro compilation and many more. “Since last year I have been playing with a rock and blues band. “I have done shows around Rome. It was a new challenge for me having been exposed to different music back home. “Because we play written music this experience has pushed me to learn how to read music. “I am coping well and its one thing I lacked as an accomplished musician as I always used my ear. “Now I can also use my eyes as in music both the eye and ear are essential in addition to a good heart.” Flash Gordon is the only non-Italian in the orchestra. “I am enjoying my time in the sun because musicians here are idols. “And I hope when I return I will use my exposure and experience to help in the growth of a music culture.”
Mungwadzi Godwin

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