Zhakata back at Jazz 105

HARARE - Zora music star Leonard Zhakata will be back at Harare’s premier club, Jazz 105 tomorrow for the second time this year.

Zhakata said the last time they performed at the joint; it was a joyful outing as his city fans responded to their sounds until early morning.

“We are delighted to be performing at Jazz 105 this Friday because the club has its clientele that is very supportive of Zora music.

“The audience is different from that which usually throngs our live concerts elsewhere,” said Zhakata.

The diminutive sungura star said little is happening on the music market because of rampant piracy and musicians were now solely surviving on live concerts.

“The live concerts are what all musicians are depending on these days as piracy destroyed our once vibrant market,” said the Zora star. He added that his last album Gotwe was affected by piracy.

“Like all other new releases, you can only sell for two or three days, but from therein pirates take over and flood the market.

“You may hear your music playing everywhere — in buses or markets, but that will not translate to any royalties.” Zhakata said he and his band have in the past been out of Harare visiting other cities and towns.

“The response in these towns and cities is fantastic. We have fans out there and they long for our music. People still love and listen to Zora music as evidenced by the sing-along choruses at most concerts.
“Zora music is full of hope, for a better future. Our songs, if you listen to them, are meant to build the nation, bring Zimbabweans together.”

Zhakata urged Zimbabweans to vote peacefully in the coming harmonised election expected in a few weeks.
“I hope Zimbabweans would be able to respect and tolerate each other. There already exists a semblance of peace and we hope this carries on until the poll is done with.

“The destiny is in our hands and I am sure the AU observers already on the ground would be pleased if we keep our peace. The real fight is on the ballot, not the physical,” said Zhakata.

The Zora star said he was confident that the GNU principals would deliver the elections.

“I am sure they will continue to talk and pave the way for a peaceful poll. It is encouraging that the principals are talking and agreeing to disagree. It is healthy.”

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