Zakaria lines up first political album

HARARE - Veteran sungura artiste Nicholas Zakaria, who first ventured into music in 1975, has promised to release his first “political album” in July this year.

The Mabvi Nemagokora hit-maker said the worsening economic situation has prompted him to come up with songs that he hopes will make politicians mend their ways.

“Over the years, I have stayed clear of politics but the deteriorating economic situation has forced me to reconsider my position. I have a duty to say what I feel to our leaders through my music.

“I believe now is the time for me to play a part in making our leaders make decisions that improve our lives,” Zakaria told the Daily News.

The sungura star, however, emphasised that his message is meant for all leaders in the world because of  the economic problems affecting countries.

“I wish I could sing in all languages spoken on this earth so that my message can be heard. The deteriorating economic and political situation is not only affecting Zimbabwe but other countries as well.

“My main message is to urge our leaders to lead by example. They should stick to what they promise. We can have a situation where they say one thing and do exactly the opposite,” said the Khiama Boys leader.

Zakaria is confident that the forthcoming album — which will be his 27th studio album — will reflect the experience he has garnered in his long sungura career.

“My forthcoming album is going to demonstrate that I am indeed a veteran artiste. I have invested a lot in it. I pushed the project to July because Alick Macheso has just released an album,” he said.

Interestingly, Zakaria’s remarks come a fortninght after fellow sungura star Hosea Chipanga once again publicly underscored his willingness to meet President Robert Mugabe on the worsening economic situation in the country.

Zakaria has mentored a number of sungura artistes such as his young brother Zakaria Zakaria who recently formed the Chilli band as well as sungura kingpin Macheso.


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