Young Igwe under pressure

HARARE - Kwekwe-based sungura artiste Peter “Young Igwe” Moyo’s plan to record a new album and a DVD this year is proving to be a tall order due to the continued loss of key members.

Moyo’s manager Sukol Dube told the Daily News after Young Igwe’s performance at the City Sports Centre last Saturday that Utakataka Express had fallen victim to the prevailing economic woes.

“It is hard to contain the group in these trying times. It is hard for every individual or organisation. Utakataka

Express is no exception,” Dube said.

Members of Young Igwe’s band who include Congolese chanter Gift “Shiga Shiga” Katulika are no longer surviving on proceeds from the band alone.

Shiga Shiga is increasingly promoting his solo projects.

To make matters worse, some well-placed sources

allege that the young musician is now devoting more time to playing football for Yadah Gunners sponsored by Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries.

Despite the serious challenges, Dube insisted that Young Igwe would go ahead with the launch of a DVD collection for the album Mabasa aMwari on August 18 before getting into the studio to record his third album expected to be released before the end of the year.

“The new DVD is ready for the market and if all goes well, we are going to launch it in August, most probably in Harare,” he said.

The artiste is under pressure to follow in the footsteps of several of his competitors who have released new albums.

Musicians who have released  new albums this year include Alick Macheso (Tsoka Dzerwendo), Leonard Zhakata (Mutunga Dzese), Blessing Shumba (Calvary), Toggy Chivaviro (Mhepo Inoperekedza) and Hosiah Chipanga (Gamba).

Music star Jah Prayzah will launch his new album titled Mudhara Vachauya on August 12 the Harare International Conference Centre while Progress Chipfumo, Nicholas Zakaria, Obvious Mutani and Romeo Gasa have also lined up album launches before the end of the year.

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