A meditation on the contemporary Afro-jazz sound that attempts to bring jazz full circle back to its African roots. Featuring soulful vocals, traditional Zimbabwean instruments, layered string arrangements, explosive instrumental solos and irregular-time signature grooves.
Sung in English and Shona, Vital Signs is an exploration of the duality of the migrant experience; what it means to be a stranger in a strange land; racial injustice; mortality and loss; and the power of hope. Released on August 22nd 2020 bandcamp.com has called it "One of the most exciting and beautiful jazz debuts this year". This limited edition press will also feature two unreleased remixes by italian producer Cole Naima featuring Synik with the iconic cover artwork by Admire Kamudzengerere.
Vee Mukarati is a Zimbabwean singer, saxophonist,composer and producer based in Geneva,Switzerland. His music is a mixture of contemporary afro-jazz, afro-pop and soul; and is influenced strongly by growing up in the complex socio-political atmosphere of Zimbabwe and his life as an immigrant.
Vee's musical life began at a young age. At 10 he undertook the clarinet and played in youth orchestras under the instruction of American music professor, Dr Mitchell Strumpf. At 15, as a member of the Prince Edward school jazz band, he started playing the saxophone. It was at this point that he committed himself to jazz and improvised music. He went on to study a degree in Jazz and Contemporary music at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland.
As the lead singer and saxophonist of the jazz quartet, "Jacaranda Muse", the first recordings of his compositions were performed on the group's debut album "September Sun" which is released under the French record label "Heavenly Sweetness" in 2012.
Thereafter his solo album "Nyamavhuvhu Night Sounds" was released under his own label, Primrose Records. Following its release it was awarded a Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Award for the music video to the song 'Over Again' which also marked Mukarati's debut as a music video director and was produced in collaboration with Zimbabwean visual artist Helen Teede.
In 2018, Mukarati moved to Geneva,Switzerland. He has since released two singles;"Booty Call" and "Blackbird", an impressive rendition of The Beatles classic ballad . On August 22nd 2020, Vee released a six track EP called "Vital Signs" which was included in bandcamp.com's essential releases list and has been described as his breakout album and one of the year's most exciting and beautiful jazz debuts.