Wellington 'Bitumba' Maruta
is an ethnomusicologist with a Bachelor of Music degree attained at
Great ZImbabwe University. He has taught at the college of music and has been a music lecturer at Morgan Zintec College
under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. He is currently a principal human resource development officer under the same ministry .
In 2013, he formed his own band, Musique D'Afrique
, and plays a rumba jazz fusion, strongly rooted in
Congolese rumba, with Zimbabwean influences.
Wellington teamed up with former Lubumbashi Stars
band members, and instrumentalists from Real Sounds
On vocals, Wellington Bitumba Maruta is accompanied by Papa Mbala Kaninda
, all from the DRC . Thanks to the international composition of the band, they can address the public
in various languages, in Shona, Lingala, Swahili, Bemba, Zulu and Tswana.
In 2013, Maruta released a first single, « Wenge Uripi? »
, which was followed
by a first album « Rwemandorokwati »
. The public response and radio airplay encouraged him to continue and in 2015,
an EP was released as follow-up, « Makorokoto »
. Early 2016, a third album
« Wedenga »
was released and already, new recordings are being made.