Born in Harare on October 11 1947, Benny Miller was a Zimbabwean Music producer and singer who is known for this ups hit fever and the behind the scenes work he did big names like Chinx and Thomas Mapfumo among others.
He played guitar for Otis Waygood Blues Band in the Rhodesian days and also fronted the hardcore rock band Klunk. Miller’s hit song Fever was a phenomenon in the 1970s.
Soon after Independence in 1980, Miller teamed up with partner Jane Bartlett to pioneer Zimbabwe’s first record label, One World Records, which was to give birth to well-known musicians such as Louis Mhlanga, Ilanga and Cde Chinx.
Miller could have made it big as a musician himself, but he opted to make others famous as an engineer/producer behind the scenes where his brilliance remained unappreciated by ordinary Zimbabweans
LEGENDARY musician Thomas Mapfumo released an eight-track album as a special homage to the late unsung hero in 2004.
The compilation is a magnum opus of cherry-picked tracks that Mapfumo had kept under wraps since recording them a few years ago.
The track Vamudhara, recorded in 2000,is likely to set tongues wagging for its warning about giving farmland to the “lazy” as much as it is set to be a hit among many traditional music aficionados for its trance-inducing, harmonious mbira beats
The mbiras are also spellbindingly thumbed on Horomba, a folklore song in which Mukanya’s voice control is as usual amazing.