Young Igwe excited about Cossy Rules bash

HARARE - Sungura artiste Peter “Young Igwe” Moyo says music promoter Cossy Rules’ birthday bash on tonight at Kadoma’s Odyssey Hotel is a perfect platform for him to prove naysayers wrong.

Music fans and critics alike have criticised “Young Igwe” for failing to deliver a second album early this year as promised.

But a defiant Moyo said the production of the second album was on course though its release has now been pushed to early next year.

“The new album is called Mopao Mokonzi and it will now hit market shelves next year in March. I will sample songs from my forthcoming album at the Cossy Rules’ birthday bash,” said the sungura artiste who, however, explained that the album to be unveiled early next year won’t be a tribute to his late father who was popularly known as Mopao Mokonzi.

He added that performing at Cossy Rules’ birthday bash would be a special occasion for him.

“Cossy Rules helped my father in so many ways and therefore my relationship with Cossy Rules is like that of a father and son,” Moyo said.

Tonight, “Young Igwe” and the Utakataka Express will share the stage with Suluman Chimbetu, Leonard Zhakata, Freeman, Progress Chipfumo, First Farai, Somandla Ndebele, Kapfupi, Mostaff, Tendai Dembo, Terry, Buddo Knoxxy, John Manyozo, Obvious Mutani, Phidza Matsveru and Carlos Green.

For Zora star Leonard “Karikoga” Zhakata, who is currently dominating some local charts with several songs off his latest album Mutunga Dzese, Cossy Rules is “a friend of artistes.”

“Cossy Rules has done a lot for my band as well as other bands and as a result, we had initially planned a surprise birthday party for him but unfortunately, he got to know about this and then he organised this big event.

“We are happy to be part of the celebrations and we promise a better performance since we recently recruited a dance group and we hope fans will be pleased,” Zhakata said.

Suluman Chimbetu publicist Joe Local Nyamungoma said the dendera star was looking forward to tonight’s event.

“Our friends are all over the country and at times we end up starving some areas because of our tight schedule. We are happy because we have been presented with an opportunity to re-unite with our Kadoma fans.

“We work with every promoter in the country and we are happy that they are doing excellent work though they have different objectives.

“We have worked well with Cossy Rules on different occasions and as such there was no way we could have failed to take part in Cossy Rules’ birthday celebrations,” Nyamungoma said.

The late Leonard Dembo’s son, Tendai — who is now leading the Barura Express also hailed Cossy Rules.

“We were in Kadoma last week performing but we cannot afford to miss this big event considering our sound relationship with Cossy. Our new album is ready and we are going to sample the whole of it at the birthday bash,” Dembo said.

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