Shiga Shiga retraces footsteps

HARARE - Utakataka Express chanter Shiga Shiga, who retraced his footsteps back to the band at the end of last year, has vowed to restore Peter Moyo (his boss)’s waning fortunes.

Shiga Shiga, real name Gift Katulika, who left the band soon after Tongai Moyo’s death to join Energy Mutodi’s group before a brief stay at Beverly Sibanda’s Sexy Angels told the Daily News yesterday that his return to the sungura giant should not be underrated.

“Tongai (Peter’s father) was like my brother, we worked together for a while and along the way I learnt a thing or two from him which Peter might not know.

“Therefore, Peter is like a son to me and I promise to restore Utakataka Express’ heyday. Some sungura musicians were taking advantage of Peter’s limited experience in the showbiz during my absence, no more kutora

advantage, ndadzoka (now I am back and the band is no longer the same),” said Katulika.

The Congolese chanter said he had shelved his plans of shooting his own video for the album Two Years Later in order to concentrate on helping Utakataka Express.

“I was supposed to shoot the DVD for my solo album Two Years Later but I have put the plans on hold as I want to concentrate on reviving Utakataka Express,” he claims.

Katulika said he was forced to leave Utakataka Express at a critical point in the band’s history because of the need to better his personal life.

“I do not regret the move I made during that time because the development has earned me a residential stand in Harare and I have improved my life as I was doing my solo projects.

“My return to Utakataka Express was necessitated by the band’s loyal fans that were always pushing me and Peter to settle our differences for the benefit of the group,” he said.

Mutodi lured two key Utakataka Express members, Katulika and bassist Spencer Khumulani with cars but however, Mutodi’s project failed to take off which rendered Khumulani and Katulika jobless.

Shiga then embarked on a solo project where he released the album Two Years Later which also failed to make an impact on the market, forcing him to make a U-turn back to his former employer — Utakataka Express despite having vowed never to rejoin the group.

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