Chazezesa Challengers to launch album

HARARE - Revived Chazezesa Challengers is set to launch an album titled Smoko Revival Zvachose next month.

The group comprises former Alick Macheso guitarist Lucky Mumiriki, Lee Roy Lunga and the late System Tazvida’s young brother Isaac.

Songs making the Jabulani Ndlovu-produced album are Edza Zvimwe, Usaore Mwoyo, Ihama Yako, Ndiudze Ndiudze, Wongorora and Kuita Zvakanaka.

Mumiriki, Lunga and Tazvida are confident that the new album will be well-received.

“We have let down Smoko fans for a while mainly due to lack of maturity on our side. We sat down and ironed out our differences. This forthcoming album is no doubt going to revive the Smoko music,” Lunga said.

Mumiriki, who left mighty Orchestra Mberikwazvo after suffering a stroke, has assumed a key role at the revived band.

“My core business at Mberikwazvo was to play the guitar but now I am no longer able to execute that role due to the stroke.

“At Chazezesa Challengers, I will not be playing the guitar but I will focus on mentoring guitarists and arranging instruments as well as providing lead vocals together with Lunga and Tazvida,” Mumiriki said.

Lunga and Mumiriki used to be members of Chazezesa Challengers under the tutelage of the late Anodyiwa Haataure hit maker.

“Mukoma System was not a guitarist but a vocalist. Mumiriki was responsible for the instrumentation hence we have just implemented the same system,” Lunga said.

The three artistes ruled out chances of a split.

“Experience is the best teacher in life. We have explored almost everything in the music industry individually and we have realised that it is better to have 10 percent of an elephant than to own 100 percent of a rat,” said Tazvida famed for the song Chibhanguza.

Chazezesa Challengers was founded by System “Wezhira” Tazvida who churned hit albums which included Rudo Tsika Nemagariro of 1993, Rwendo Rweupenyu of 1994, Mutunhu Une Mago, Wadenha Mago, Watosvorwa and Huni Nyoro Mumoto .

System’s departure saw his young brother Peter taking over the leadership. Under Peter’s reins, Chazezesa Challengers released three albums —Rimi Remoto, Panopfungaira Pane Moto and Chadzera Chemoto before his death in 2002.

After Peter’s death, Mumiriki left the group to join Macheso’s Orchestra Mberikwazvo while Lunga formed a band that he named Boyz DzeSmoko in 1994 and released seven albums and two DVD compilations.

His albums included Chabvondoka, Zviri Muchinokoro, Kupa Nekudya, Imhosva Here? Anga Ari Pano, Panorira Ngoma and Smoko Yega Yega.

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