Sulu, Zhakata in duet

HARARE - Dendera music star Suluman Chimbetu and guitarist Progress Chipfumo will feature Zora sensation Leonard Zhakata’s forthcoming album to be launched tonight at a concert slated for Harare International Conference (HICC).

Bassist Edith WeUtonga has also added her voice on one of the collaborations with Zhakata on the Oskid-produced album Mutunga Dzese (All Powerful).

For tonight’s launch Zhakata will share the stage with Chimbetu, Alick Macheso, Tinashe Magacha and Peter Moyo among others in what promises to be an explosive night.

Though he remains mum on the meaning of the title Mutunga Dzese (All Powerful) the Daily News can be forgiven for guessing that the album’s title name is directed to the Almighty (God) considering Zhakata’s humble character and his Christianity background.

Certainly he is not the calibre of artistes who brag about their outstanding musical talents hence the album title might refer to the power of God, Jesus Christ or simply the blood of Jesus.

Zhakata is optimistic that the album will go a long way in spreading God’s message and entertaining his legion of fans.

“I have catered for all tastes in the forthcoming album. Fans have been asking us to revert to the old fast beat that took Zora music to dizzy heights in the 1990s, and we have responded by bringing back the old bit, the current beat and creating new material altogether. I can tell you, the album will be my best and it is going to impress our old, current and potential followers,” Zhakata said.

The forthcoming 11-track album will be Zhakata’s first album since 2013 when he released Zvangu Zvaita which scooped first and second prizes in the Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola annual Top 50 hits with songs Dhonza Makomborero and Dollar Boy respectively.

Kadoma businessman Cossy Rules and friends are powering the album launch. Cossy said: “As a way to beat piracy, Zhakata’s album will be sold on July 8 from morning and then officially launched in the evening.

“We have mobile sales teams that will move in most towns across the country selling the original CD.”

Born in 1968, Zhakata became the youngest Zimbabwean musicians to sell more than 100 000 copies of an album at the age of 26 after his smash hit Maruva Enyika sold more than 120 000 copies.

The historic album Maruva Enyika in 1994 propelled Zhakata to stardom and since then he remained consistent as a force to reckon with in the showbiz industry as he released hit after hit with the likes of Unochemei, Vagoni Vebasa, Upenyu Mutoro, Nzombe Huru and Zvangu Zvaita just to mention but a few.

The album Gotwe revived the artiste’s fortunes in the showbiz and Zvangu Zvaita then cemented his position as one of the best ever composers.

Zhakata grew up in Harare’s high density suburb of Glen Norah and recorded his first track Moyo Muti in 1989 and released his debut album Yarira Mhere in 1990 followed by Tungidza Gwenya and Shungu dzemwoyo.

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