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Dr Moruti on his new album, Guitar Shadow

2017-12-15 16:30
PHOTO: Dr Moruti Instagram

Dr Moruti is no stranger to making good music. The producer’s been in the industry for nine years and counting, in which time he’s made hits with household names including Black Motion (on tracks like Rainbow and Mali), Bucie (Rejoice) and current chart-topper Lady Zamar (My Baby).

DRUM caught up with the producer to hear more about his new album and to get to know a bit more about the man behind the music.

What are some highlights from your years in the music industry so far?

Producing my own album and being part of making local hits.

You’ve produced songs for the likes of DJ Zinhle, Kunle Ayo and D’vine Brothers, to name a few. How do you manage to produce hits across such different genres of music?

What helps is that I’m more of a musician than a producer. Before I ventured into dance music, I was more focused on jazz, Afro-pop and gospel. Sh

You new album, out now, is titled Guitar adow. What inspired the name and album?

The album was inspired by indigenous African sounds, and by the jazzy sounds from the likes of Jimmy Dludlu, Kunle Ayo and Hugh Masekela. I felt as though we were leaving the elders behind, so with this album I wanted to cater for everyone. I titled it Guitar Shadow because the guitar is the leading element on all of the songs on the album. But I’m showing the guitar through my keyboard, instead of playing it live.

Was the song Intoxicated Love, which features Shota, inspired by anyone in your life?

Yes, it was inspired by my wife when she was pregnant with our little boy. One day she was working in the kitchen when she heard me sing one verse of the song. She instantly told me that she loved it and I should continue with it.

Are there any creative collaborations we can look forward to in the near future?

I’m currently working with Zanda Zakuza on her album, which should be released soon. And it’s looking like 2018 is going to be a good year.