There are two things I can never get enough of: really hot chicken wings and new Gerry Garikai Munashe Mapanzure music. And while I always make it a point to partake in a dose of both, the gracious soul who burst on the scene two years ago has been shortchanging our eardrums for a while now.
Just under two months ago, the 21 years old China-based award-winning Zimbabwean RnB crooner who is signed with Runabeat Music cut the world his first solid by dropping his first-ever body of work, ‘Sushi Season: The First’ EP to wild acclaim. As fate had it, the project was released at a time when Miss “Rona (another badass Chinese thang) had started slaying all over the world, so we were not only deprived of peacefully enjoying the Sushi but also getting to see him perform in person.
Thankfully, Garry has not stopped thinking about us. In fact, he has been putting in work behind the scenes. Now, as “the luck” would have it, he has re-emerged from whatever bunker he shares with all the RnB greats bearing gifts and dropped a pantheon-level video for his song, “More”.
I don’t know what you can say about a song already called More that literally lives up to its title, even though the “more” being referenced is love, but this song is infectious as fuck and has some kick-drum knock for the whip. Garry writes to be understood and it’s one of the reasons his catalogue is such an enchanting listen. The worst kept secret of his music is his reverence for women. All across his discography, in how he writes about love and the female form, how he summons history, it all culminates in the truth that the syrupy, Afropop-twinged RnB singer regards women as ethereal. His lyrics deal in affirmation and plainspoken declarations of what it means to be both a gentleman and RnB star.
More video, probably shot in one of the affluent burbs of South Africa, feels like a low-budget micro-feature film you still had kill to go watch. Garry poses as a “Sushi Painter” to a client just to hit on his wife. While it’s a move that takes lion guts to do, the climax of it in the video is regrettable that Garry had to serve us the To-Be-Continued BS.
I bet this song is perfect for any occasion. It’s good for cookouts, graduations, weddings, repasts, garden parties, debt collections, baby showers, vacation Bible school socials, old skool parties and karaoke. I actually think it is dope enough that it would be a hit if anybody sang it. But thankfully, the good lawd saw fit to allow Garry to bring us this particular dish of warm buttered soul. Trust me, as you go through the lockdown period, you and your loved one can throw on all your scant outfits and try to recreate this video. I’m sure you can dance better because apparently, Garry can’t really dance for shit, but he absolutely knows how to tick his whole heart out.
With all of its beauty and flaws (some few lighting-related issues) measured up in one place, this is my kind of song and video to watch. Even if this song lasted for 12 minutes, it still wouldn’t be long enough to me.
I’ve said everything one could possibly say on this subject in many different formats. Now, I’ll see myself out.
Wait, one more last thing…Check out the video below.