Alick Macheso, Red Cross set up recording studio

HARARE - Sungura musician Alick Macheso and the Red Cross Society are constructing a recording studio to be operational next year.

Takemore Mazuruse, the Red Cross Society information officer told the Daily News this week that a building for the recording studio is already up.

“The recording studio will be operational next year, we are bringing in state-of-the-art recording equipment from overseas.

“This project is the brain child of Macheso who is the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society ambassador and we are facilitating this dream with other international partners,” said Mazuruse.

Speaking from his Waterfalls home in Harare, Macheso exclusively told the Daily News he was happy that the recording venture was coming to fruition.

The sungura star said after touring the country over the years, he met brilliant and talented musicians from marginalised communities that he would like to record.

“Through the Red Cross Society, I will be recording identified young musicians from marginalised communities that include charity homes and places like Chingwizi Camp.

“We will be targeting groups like orphans and street kids who exhibit talent,” said Macheso.

He said as he travelled around Zimbabwe, a number of young musicians have approached him, showing off their talents.

“Some are guitarists; others play congas and the remainder are vocalists.

“They are able to sing and play most of the popular songs by various musicians.

“I want to tap into that talent which I think is going to waste.”
Macheso said his ultimate goal was to build a catalogue comprising these marginalised and talented musicians.

“We will form a music stable that will record talented albinos and all. I have been witnessing first hand talent in rural areas and it is amazing.”

The musician, who has an operations office at the Red Cross headquarters, believes society has given him all the room he needs to express his creativity.

“They have a network of international donors and I am gaining a lot with this association.

“I pick up information on distressed communities and together we formulate strategies to alleviate such problems.”

He is in the process of acquiring video and still cameras through which he will capture images of disadvantaged children as he tours the country.

“I want to be able to document every distressing encounter that I come across and the society is planning to equip me with the necessary gadgets.”

Macheso said apart from identifying talented musicians he is also running a project in which he recruits young footballers.

“We have already built soccer teams in the provinces that we support and the project is paying off.

“We are unearthing talent in the provinces.”

Macheso added that he will be releasing a new album at the end of the year, but would like to record it at a new studio as he is still tied up in construction work at his Waterfalls home.

“I am constructing a home studio and it is from there that I want to record my next album.

“Soon, the studio will be set and I promise my fans that they should look forward to a new release before the end of the year.

“The songs are already there; actually I have several new songs apart from others left as we recorded past albums. My fans have already sampled most of the songs.” Macheso said having a home studio has its advantages as he can work and record new songs whenever he wants.

“As is the case with all new songs, you need time to improve them and perfect them, so if you are recording at a hired studio it is not easy to go there every time you have a fresh idea.”

He said every time he composes a new song he puts himself in the shoes of the fans. “I take away Macheso and replace him with the fans in order to capture their circumstances.

“I ask myself many questions; is this appealing? Is it saying anything to my situation? Is this song teaching me anything?

“If these questions are not answered then I have to change the lyrics to something appropriate, something closer to the people.”

The artiste said there were times fans brought to him what they call written songs. “They always bring me songs, long ones, but maybe out of three pages I can pick out just a few stanzas.”

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