Macheso, Zakaria in collabo

MUTARE - Sungura music godfather Nicholas Zakaria says he has agreed with his former protégé Alick Macheso to produce a joint album later this year.

Zakaria made the revelation after a recent joint show with the Tafadzwa singer in the Eastern border city.

“We started mulling the idea last year and this project has been given more chances to succeed because of the fact that I am currently holding joint shows with Macheso,” the Mazano singer told the Daily News.

“We are both very busy artistes so the joint shows will hopefully give us the time to turn the project into reality.”

Zakaria added that the two sungura stars — who collaborated on hits such as Chikumbiro, Mabvi Nemagokora and Mukoma Ngito while they were both still members of Khiama Boys — are confident that they can recreate the old magic.

“We are both looking forward to the planned album and we hope it will please sungura fans who have been calling for such a project for a long time,” said the veteran artiste.

“We (Macheso and Zakaria) will both write songs for the planned album and we will select guitarists from my band and Macheso’s backing band that will feature on the planned project.”

Zakaria shot down suggestions that Macheso quit Khiama boys as a result of ill-treatment.

“The truth of the matter is that I decided to become a long distance driver and I left Macheso, my brother Zakaria Zakaria and the rest of the band to continue with music. In fact, they continued to perform for some time as Khiama Boys even though I was no longer part of the band,” he said.

“I never had ill-feelings towards them because Macheso and Zakaria Zakaria are both related to me — remember?.”

After quitting Khiama’s Boys in 1997, Macheso went on to eclipse his mentor Zakaria on the Zimbabwean music stage. Macheso has released nine successful albums that include Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure), Zvinoda Kutendwa, Ndezvashe-eh Vapupuri Pupurai, Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, Zvakanaka Zvakadaro, Simbaradzo, Vakiridzo and Pakutema Munda.

On the other hand, Zakaria, who has largely played second fiddle to his gifted protégé ever since the two parted ways, recently released his 27th album Rumbidzo  which appears to have reignited the veteran sungura musician’s love affair with music promoters.

Zakaria has attributed the positive change in his fortunes to his conversion to the Walter Magaya-led Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries.

“Yes the mighty Man of God Pastor Magaya has brought God’s favour on me,” said Zakaria.

Comments (1)

Ma reporter please check your facts before writing. Macheso's first album is called Magariro, not Pakutema munda

Onias Mubaiwa - 5 April 2015

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