Zhakata debuts at Jazz 105

HARARE - Popular Harare joint Jazz 105 will host Zora music star Leonard Zhakata’s debut showcase dubbed “The Red and Black Whisky Party”.

The showcase will take place on Friday, September 14 and will be graced by exciting songstress Jean Masters.

Zhakata, the diminutive and smartly dressed musician is performing at Jazz 105 for the first time.
“It is my first time to perform at Jazz 105 and I am thrilled to be dating the club. The performance will go a long way in introducing our Zora sound to the city’s dwellers."

“We hope the venue will bring us closer to other musical acts that patronise the place,” said the Zora star.

Zhakata has in recent years picked form and is packing venues like he used to, back in the days of songs like Batai Mazwi, Gomba Remarara, Mugove and Upenyu Mutoro.

“While we have been playing around Harare at different venues, this particular joint is central and has its own patrons. We know what kind of music the people who patronise this place want and we will give them just that."

“I have released more than 16 albums and can easily pick a playlist to suit a particular audience,” said the soft-spoken musician.

A thought-provoking music composer, Zhakata has had most of his post 2000 hit songs banned or blacklisted by Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) who cited the compositions’ political incorrectness.

With his songs blacklisted by ZBC, then the sole broadcaster in the country, Zhakata was shut out from most Zimbabweans as those who wanted to listen to his music could only do so at live shows.

As if that was not enough punishment, the musician also missed out on most invitations to perform at national music galas that have turned out to be marketing vehicles for many bands.

With the opening of two more radio stations, Zhakata is optimistic his music will receive the much missed airplay.

“Like I have always said; the more radio stations, the better for the music industry as we can have a choice. I am positive that more of my music will be played as my music does not insult anyone. It is also not vulgar.”

Yasini Dhala, Jazz 105 manager said the Red and Black dress code will not be strict, but that prizes will be galore for those keeping the dress code.

“The Red and Black dress is all about partying and being merry with one another.

“It is an occasion for love and the colours are a symbol of togetherness and happiness,” said Dhala.

He said they wanted to make the all-white dress party a major event on their calendar dates.

“It is indeed a special night on which revellers can bring out their best outfits and we are happy that songstress Sister Jean will also grace the showcase. I am sure it is also the first time that these two music acts have shared the stage. It promises to be a fireworks night.”

Jazz 105, whose initial thrust was to promote the jazz genre, has in recent years opened up its doors to sungura musicians like Alick Macheso and Suluman Chimbetu.

Macheso and Chimbetu have done exceptionally well, packing that venue as revellers dance to sungura and dendera sounds.

While Jean Masters is a regular at Jazz 105, Zhakata will be debuting at the venue.


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