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Charmant speaks to refugees in ‘Safari’

In ‘Safari’, a single off his third album, Charmant Mushaga encourages refugees to have hope that tomorrow will be a better day.

Charmant Mushaga his wish is to give the world a taste of Kivu through music. PHOTO/ Edgar R. Batte

Watching him close his eyes as he melodically flickers his fingers on the guitar is a stunning moment. Charmant Mushaga seems to surrender to his music giftset as a songwriter, guitarist, singer and live performer.

To his confession, it is a feeling he cannot explain. To the audience, the musical notes are beautiful and its applause are encouragement to keeping him strumming on and on.

“When I am on stage I am not me. Someone else takes over and guides the melody through me,” he says.

The Congolese-born musician has released a single titled ‘Safari‘ on which he shares inspiration with refugees, a situation he knows too well having been one.

Born Mushagalusa Buhendwa Kurhigwa on September 26 1982, Mushaga, also known as Shalma, started playing the guitar in his local church in a town called Bukavu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the late 1980s.

With “Safari”, which he released online on Saturday afternoon, the singer is trying to inspire refugees out of despair.

“When I share my story, I want to encourage refugees not to give up on life and have hope that tomorrow will be a better day,” he explains.

“Safari” is a title track to his third album which he is working with hopes of releasing it soon.

The new album will follow ‘African Love’ which he released in 2015 and ‘Bado Bado’ released in 2012.

“One day you wake up in the morning and everything has changed.  Never lose hope child of God,” he sings in the track that he co-wrote with France-based Congolese veteran artiste Lokua Kanza, one of the late Papa Wemba’s musical associates.

“Safari”, which was produced at Neutriq Town Studio by D-King, and mastered at Gates Sounds in France, is available on Charmant Mushaga’s YouTube channel.

“I decided to do more singing on this album as a way of connecting with my fans and everyone else. As I discover myself more and more, I would like to achieve international music standards as I give the world a taste of Kivu where I come from,” the 38-year-old musician explains.

Some of his notable songs include ‘In Africa’, ‘I Wanna Dance’, ‘Adonde Ire’, ‘Mwana Wange’, ‘Ngoma Ya Africa’, ‘Bado Bado’, ‘Talemwa’ and ‘Mutima’ featuring rapper Keko.

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