Macheso happy with latest album

HARARE - Sungura musician Alick Macheso is happy with the quality of his latest album Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure) which he believes matches the standards set by his previous eight albums.

The sungura kingpin’s ninth album, which has not been officially launched yet, has not excited fans as expected with many music critics suggesting that it is a far cry from Macheso’s usual high standards.

But the Macheso camp is not losing sleep over the album’s rather lukewarm reception by the fans.

The sungura star’s show manager Jethro Machanja told the Daily News yesterday that Macheso and his backing band, Orchestra Mberikwazvo, believe they produced a competitive album.

“The album is not different in terms of quality from Macheso’s previous albums”, said the hugely popular star’s show manager.

“We are not panicking at all; we will promote it in the same manner we have done the other albums. We are going to give it a similar promotional period.”

Machanja dismissed mounting speculation that Macheso will record a new album in June because of his unhappiness over the current album, which unlike the earlier ones, was not produced by popular producer Bothwell Nyamhondera who relocated to the United Kingdom.

“We are under no pressure to record another album earlier than scheduled; there is absolutely no need for us to rush into the studio to record another album”.

The Orchestra Mberikwazvo show manager however, promised fans a number of quality DVD compilation albums during the course of this year.

“Our top priority this year is to release DVD compilation albums which we are currently working on and fans should expect them before June,” he said.

Machanja added that they are going to include songs from the group’s debut album Magariro released in 1998.

“Our policy of going forward is to avoid the production of half- baked products.

“Videos should tell a story and should be of high quality.

“So this year we are concentrating on videos. Releasing another album is not part of the plan.”

Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure) carries songs such as Chiri Mumaoko, Samasimba, Macharangwanda, Kutsvaga Chiremba, Zvipo and Cynthia was released in the same period as Suluman’s fourth dendera album Syllabus which appears to be getting a much more favourable response from fans.

Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure) which was massively pirated on the day of its release follows albums like Zvinoda Kutendwa Ndezvashe-eh Vapupuri Pupurai, Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, Zvakanaka Zvakadaro, Simbaradzo, Vakiridzo and Pakutema Munda. - Vasco Chaya

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