Macheso toasts to 'awesome' wedding guests

HARARE - Sungura music superstar Alick Macheso says his daughter’s wedding was as humbling as when the First Family invited him to the wedding of their daughter, Bona to Simba Chikore early this year.

Last month, the sungura ace’s daughter Sharon wed Kudakwashe Munetsi at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton. The wedding was attended with Harare’s who-is-who.

“Just like we had received an invitation to the First Family’s wedding, we also invited them to our wedding and they responded by sending a delegation,” Macheso told the Daily News on Sunday.

“It was humbling to me and my family that we received that honour, not only from the First Family but also from Vice President Joice Mujuru.

“Generals from the army, police, air-force and prisons attended the wedding and it was to my surprise. Yes, I was really surprised. 

“I did not know that I had so many friends in high places.”

With 800 people officially invited to the wedding, the numbers swelled on the day.

The sungura star said as the wedding proceedings got underway, he felt like he was in a dream.

“For me it was like watching a film and I was surprised by the people who graced the occasion,” he said. He recalls attending Bona Mugabe’s wedding.

“It was an honour to grace Bona’s wedding and I envied the excellent organisational aspect of the event,” he said.

“When I saw the President and First Lady, I felt happy for them and imagined that happening for me and my family. Such occasions rarely happen in life.”

Macheso said God has plans for every child, rich or poor.

“It does not matter one’s status, but God has answers for us all and rewards those he so wishes,” he said.

“Who could have imagined that the First Family’s daughter would be married one day, that someone could actually propose and marry in such a powerful family? But God had plans for Simba and it happened according to His plan.”

Macheso holds fond memories of his encounters with the First Family. In one incident after performing before them, he was overcame with emotion and broke down in a packed stadium.

“These were tears of joy, joy at having that rare chance to meet the president,” he said. “And who would not cry? It was a emotional encounter that I will cherish forever.”

Speaking about his daughter’s wedding, he said guests came  afar afield as Mozambique, South Africa and even overseas.

He paid homage to ordinary Zimbabweans who through celebratory messages blessed his daughter’s wedding.

“The people from Norton supported me through and through,” he said. “As I was sitting there and the wedding was nearing an end, I said to myself ‘really, this wedding has gone on well and we are through without any hitches.’

“It was not that I had the financial muscle to pull through the wedding, but because of the support I received from various people who contributed in kind to the wedding.”

He mentioned Nash Paints and the Zimbabwe Red cross Society as having helped a lot with transport and other logistics.

“They brought several cars that lined up to carry guests and I was asking myself, ‘would I have managed alone?’

“My fellow musicians came in their droves and it was then that I realised how big our musical family is. The music promoters, the guys who organise work for us, paid their respects as well.”

Macheso said the wedding venue — Pakare Paye Arts Centre — was chosen after careful thought as his family considered their close relationship with the centre’s owners, superstar musician Oliver Mtukudzi and his wife Daisy.

Pakare Paye Arts Centre was founded in 2003 by Mtukudzi and is situated 45 km west of Harare.

“We have a long standing special relationship with Mtukudzi and his wife that goes far beyond the music we play and sometime share.

“Their centre is a super place for weddings and big showcases as it has everything that you might require including overnight guest lodges,” he said. “It fitted well in our planning and when we finally held the event, we were blessed with the smoothness of it all.”

Macheso said as a result of his closeness to Mtukudzi and his wife, it was easy and homely that his daughter wed at Pakare Paye Arts Centre.

“They gave us free use of Pakare Paye Arts Centre and what more could you have asked from them?

We literally held this wedding at ‘home’.”

Comments (5)

Wedding attended "with"??

Yenzile - 22 September 2014

Be on the lookout Cheso amweni akazembera divi rauri kuzembera iro akabva anyangadika mumunda wenyu wemagatare uyu. Be a non partisan musician and never adore some of these thugs openly at the expense of us your fans! HATIVADE ISU SAKA KANA MHANZI DZAKO TINOGONA KUDZIRAMBIRA IZVOZVO!

Takaz - 22 September 2014

sure kkkkkkk siya iripo hook ndarova kare hook yechirangano ndiye nyurududu go zii muguva

masungura - 22 September 2014

kuhle lokhu Macheso ukubonga abanye bakho!

UNCLE REAL - 23 September 2014

Charakupa denga tendaaa iwe iwe,ugopiwa zvimweeeee ........,ko kutyei ivo vanhu vakurumbidza nekukuremekedza kudai ?It is indeed a day to remember

sinyoro - 23 September 2014

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