Matsito gets Macheso boost

HARARE - Veteran sungura musician Tedius Matsito, who has hardly been active on stage since he was involved in an accident three years ago, made a cameo appearance at Alick Macheso’s Warren Park concert in Harare over the weekend.

The Nyaradzo singer told the Daily News that appearing on the sungura artiste’s set had invigorated him.

“I have known Macheso since his days at Khiama Boys. I last shared a stage with him about three years ago. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to perform alongside him.

“Performing alongside him on Friday was a refreshing moment. It reminded me of my heyday when I used to fill halls,” said the Ngwenya Brothers leader.

Matsito, who played the lead guitar while Macheso strummed the bass and provided backing vocals, churned out several of his hit songs including Gede.

The Kuwadzana-based musician also revealed that he will be at the launch of Macheso’s much-awaited 10th studio album Tsoka Dzerwendo on March 24 at Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

“Definitely, I will also come to support Macheso on the launch of his album at HICC as I also expect Macheso and other high profile artistes to attend the launch of my forthcoming album Mandipa Mukana, said Matsito who has 21 albums under his belt.

He said the title track of his six-track 22nd album, to be launched in three months’ time, “expresses I gratitude to God for giving me more days to live considering that I escaped a number of accidents which claimed the lives of my brothers and band members.”

Matsito rose to national prominence alongside his two brothers — Jabulani and Mickle (now deceased) in the early 1990s. They topped the local charts with hits including Nyaradzo in early 1990s.

Macheso revealed at a press conference on Friday that he will release 250 000 low-priced copies of his new and 10th album in a bid to beat music pirates at their own game.

“At times what matters only are the fans, not what we will get in return. There are some CDs that are going for $1, then some for $4. The essence is to fight piracy, and the ones going for less are more than the more expensive ones.


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