Alexio keen to collaborate with Zahara

HARARE - Rising music star Alexio Kawara is chuffed to have been asked by South African singer Zahara to stand in for George Munetsi on the song Incwadi Ncane on Saturday night.

South Africa-based Zimbabwean DJ Munetsi who did the Shona lyrics on the song was unavailable leading the South African songbird to send an SOS to Kawara.

The Kana singer first helped out Zahara with Munetsi’s part in August last year during a show at the Borrowdale Race Course.

Kawara could not hide his excitement after the duet with Zahara at the Harare International Conference Centre.

“I was actually pleasantly surprised when she called me to the stage because this time we had not planned it,” said the Shaina hitmaker.

“It was an impromptu performance and it made me realise that she was impressed by the way I had done the part last year. It shows that she respects my work as an artiste.

“The first time I sang with her I had suggested it to the concert organisers. It is very flattering as an artiste to get acknowledged by an internationally recognised artiste,” he said.

Alexio hopes some collaboration with the South African star will materialise someday.

“I would love that very much but their music industry is different from ours, they operate differently. Our management is still in discussions but nothing has been concluded yet but obviously it will be great if they agree.

“We have been keeping in touch with Zahara and we talk once in a while and a collaboration would be great,” he said.

Alexio, who got into the limelight in the early 2000s, was among the first crop of urban groovers.

He later upped his game and joined the Afro-fusion bandwagon, a feat which has created opportunities for him to share the stage with music greats such as Oliver Mtukudzi and Zahara.

His five albums has won five awards in the past including three National Arts Merit Awards.

He rose to fame through the song Amai which became the third best song of the year in 2000.

His first album Usazondisiya had the hit songs Kumba Kwenyu and the epic song Ndinomhanya, which propelled him to stardom.

He released the second album Rwiyo Rwangu (My Song) which carried tracks like Chibvugubvugu.

The compilation album Machikichori further enhanced his status.

Pfimbi Yangu (My Special Place/ My Place of Solace) and Tinodanana further made him a darling of many; it was his fourth album Kana which redefined him as an Afro-fusion artiste.

Kana carries collaborations with of Andy Brown, Clive Mono Mkundu, Philip Svosve and Newman Chipeni.

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