Zhakata doffs hat to fans, media

HARARE - Zora musician Leonard Karikoga Zhakata has saluted his fans and the media in particular for their unwavering support.

The Rusape-born musician’s songs Dhonza Makomborero and Dollar Boy recently claimed first and second positions respectively on the Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50.

Zhakata told Daily News on the sidelines of a celebration party held at Dandaro Inn on Saturday that his latest achievements had given him faith and hope to churn out more hit songs.

“Were it not for the fans and the media — who helped my music to reach to listeners across the country and beyond — I would not have been here celebrating with you. My depth of appreciation is beyond measure,” said Zhakata.

“Every article that comes out negatively or positively has contributed to where I am now. I believe it is good to win but what is more important is to maintain my standards. I will not back down as I am confident that God will provide strength and guidance to carry through,” he said.

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

Zhakata has been buoyed by the rare feat of claiming the top two positions on the end-of-year music charts.

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

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

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

“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 said.

The Zora star also attributed 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 emphasised.

Zhakata has 19 albums under his belt among them Yarira Mhere (1990), Maruva Enyika (1994), Nhamo Dzenyika (1995), Nzombe Huru (1996), Vagoni Vebasa (1997), Ndingaite Sei? (1998), Pakuyambuka, (1999), Kumera Kwezora (2000), Mubikira (2001), Hodho (2003), Udza Vamwe (2004), Tine Vimbo (2006) and Gotwe in 2012.

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