Xmas albums dry up

HARARE - Zora music star Leonard Zhakata says music fans should not expect the glut of new albums that used to flood the country every festive season.

Years back sungura artistes who included the late greats Leonard Dembo, John Chibadura, System Tazvida, and Simon Chimbetu as well as living music heroes like Nicholas Zakaria, Alick Macheso and Zhakata almost always dropped new offerings in the run-up to Christmas.

But Zhakata believes the motivation to release new
albums specifically targeting the festive season is no longer there.

“Yesteryear musicians used to jostle to release albums
before or during the festive season because they wanted to push copy sales so as to get more royalties from record companies. Now it is a different case altogether.

“Royalties are no longer taken into consideration mainly due to music piracy. Local musicians are now banking on live shows,” he told the Daily News on Sunday.

The Mugove singer added that this year he will not manage to release a new album before Christmas.

“Last year, I released the album Zvangu Zvaita on December 20 and this year I was also planning to drop another album on the same date but it is most likely that the album will materialise early next year.

“I have not been feeling well for the past few weeks. I had flu and that has certainly derailed the December 20 target. The flu affected my vocals as a result I decided to push forward the recording.”

The Vagoni Vebasa singer has promised an album totally different from his previous productions.

“We tackle each new project with a different approach. In all my previous albums I hardly ever collaborated with other
artistes but on this one I did duets with four musicians.

“The musicians I collaborated with on the album are not very prominent as I really enjoy working with rising stars because there is a lot of raw and hidden talent that needs to be discovered and promoted.”

Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu early this year promised to deliver a new album in time for Christmas but it seems the plans hit brick wall.

“We are no longer able to release an album this year due to a pressing schedule. As a result we will release a single.

“We have recorded five songs and from that we are going to select just one which we will release most probably on Christmas Day,” said Chimbetu’s publicist Joe Nyamungoma.

Metro Studios director Emion Sibindi concurred with Zhakata’s view that musicians no longer prioritise releasing new albums for the festive season.

“Here at Metro studios, due to the fact that music is not selling well anymore, we no longer rely on copy sales but our focus is now on selling public address systems.

“Way back, our biggest customers for public address systems used to be musicians and night clubs but of late they are no longer buying that much. Churches are now our biggest customers.

“Churches and pastors now contribute over 70 percent of the total sales and that is where our focus is now. The industry has changed,” said Sibindi.

Comments (2)

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washimgton mandava - 8 December 2015

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Webster Mareka - 8 July 2016

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