Macheso to release 250 000 copies

HARARE - Sungura music star Alick Macheso will release onto the market 250 000 copies of his 10th album Tsoka Dzerwendo on Monday.

The long-awaited album — Macheso’s first since 2012 — will be sold for just a dollar at Red Cross and Nash Paints offices countrywide.

Macheso told journalists at a press conference in Harare yesterday that the low price is part of measures to fight music piracy.

“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.

“There will also be cassettes as I know some of my fans need them. They argue that they are more durable than CDs and are easy to fix when broken, so I will not abandon my fans because of technology,” he said.

The sungura music ace heaped praise on his fans who stood by him since his 2012 album Kwatabva Mitunhu.

“Handina durawall pamberi pangu and I have been holding successful shows since my last release four years ago.

“In the four years that we were in the studio, we still managed to maintain our fan base so my hope is that our fans will continue with the support through buying the new album.

“Our fans stood by us in those four years without a new release, so I don’t think there will be a difference.

“The past four years gave me ample time to listen to what other musicians are producing. We take time to work on our music because we don’t want to release a half-baked products,” he said.

At the press conference held at Rainbow Towers, Macheso quashed growing speculation that his long-time producer Bothwell Nyamhondera superintended the new offering.

“He (Nyamhondera) is still contracted to Diamond Studios but he helped me set up my studio. He did not work with me specifically on this album,” said the Tafadzwa hit-maker.

The popular bassist and vocalist, however, confirmed that drummer Obert Gomba contributed to the new offering.

In 2013, Gomba, guitarist Noel Nyazanda and chanter Jonasi Kasamba quit Macheso’s Orchestra Mberikwazvo and teamed up with dancer-cum-vocalist Francis “Franco Slomo” Dhaka to form Extra Kwazvose.

“Gomba featured on a few songs with our current drummer contributing to the remainder. Gomba is still doing some solo projects. I have an open door policy and as such he will work with us whenever he wants to,” he said.

Macheso insisted that he will never shut the door on any of the ex-Orchestra Mberikwazvo members.

“Hazvina kuipa kuti mwana aite mapfihwa ake. Kana arasika anongodzoka kuna baba. (It is not bad for members of my band to begin solo careers. If their solo projects fail, I will welcome them back.)

“Jonasi Kasamba is back but it does not mean the other chanter will leave; we will work together as one. This is all God’s work,” said the sungura ace.

On songs on the six-track album, Macheso singled out Baba which discourages men from spurning the responsibility of looking after their children.

“It is my appeal to men to stop the practice. There are so many orphans and children living on the streets because of this practice.

“My music resonates with what happens around us as people and this is one of the many things that I have seen affecting society,” he said.

Macheso’s albums include Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure), Zvinoda Kutendwa, Ndezvashe-eh, Vapupuri Pupurai, Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, Zvakanaka Zvakadaro, Simbaradzo, Vakiridzo and Pakutema Munda.

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