Zhakata, the phoenix rises again

HARARE - Zora musician Leonard Karikoga Zhakata, whose songs Dhonza Makomborero and Dollar Boy claimed first and second positions respectively on the Coca-Cola Top 50, is feeling like the proverbial phoenix.

The Rusape-born musician says the victory, which earned him $2 000 in prize money, has given him the liberty to dream again.

The Mugove hit-maker last won the popular annual charts in 2000 for Video of the Year (Pakuyambuka) on State-controlled ZTV.

Commenting on his latest victory, Zhakata concedes that remaining at the apex of Zimbabwean music requires superhuman effort.

“It is good to win but what is more important is to maintain the standard,” says Zhakata.

“Remaining at the top is a challenge I am ready for and I am confident that I am equal to the challenge.”

Zhakata has been buoyed by the rare feat of claiming the top two positions on an end-of-year music chart like the Coca-Cola Top 50.

“It is the first time that I have claimed the top two positions on the annual Radio Zimbabwe music chart with two songs from the same album and for that I am grateful,” he says.

Due to the unlikely victory, the 46-year-old musician has found new confidence to release onto the market material he had held on to for a long time.

“I have a number of videos in my stock which I am planning to release this year. I was hesitant and very reluctant to put them on the market as I was trying to figure out the likely response,” adds the award-winning musician.

“Now I am convinced that the market has a big appetite for my works. Apart from the videos I am also working on my new album to be released this year as well.”

Zhakata believes within the next three years he would have solidified his position at the top.

“Reclaiming top position requires a lot of commitment and dedication. I am faced with a tough assignment of maintaining pole position. In the next three years I am going to release and promote new stuff extensively on the market and I believe that is the only way I can boost my music career,” he tells the Daily News on Sunday.

The Zora star also attributes his return to the top to his decision to do gospel music.

“I think winning has a lot to do with both the fans voting for me as well as the gospel stance I have taken. What I have noticed is that anything that has to do with God works out well,” he emphasises.

“I merged my talent with the gospel and it is doing wonders. The truth though is that my music has never been entirely secular. It has always celebrated good living and listening to God.”

Zhakata, whose 1994 album Maruva Enyika sold more than 120 000 copies, is now a pastor in the United Family International Church (UFIC) led by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa

“I was anointed by prophet Makandiwa who is a great teacher of the word of God,” he says.

Comments (5)

i realy like this ,ur playing good music

m bojosi - 26 January 2015

Well done. I remember vividly when prophet Makandiwa said (mid 2014) you "shall become the best musician in secular music."

kamutanho - 26 January 2015

The prophet would say that because he only has to c ommand his followers to vote for Zhakata. Zvako zvaita Zhakata kuwana endorsement ya mwari wema pentecostals

the watcher - 26 January 2015

Great Musician of our time.This guy is talented .his songs are both entertaining and meaningfull

Baba Ano - 27 January 2015

Tenzi musandikanganwe mungarwadzisa Chichemo chondosiirawo kwamuri Zvandikunda

bharanzi - 28 January 2015

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