Zakaria to launch latest album

HARARE - Veteran sungura artiste Nicholas Zakaria, who recently collaborated with his former guitarists Alick Macheso and Zakaria Zakaria on his latest album Takakomborerwa, will launch the project at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) next week.

The veteran artiste said the launch date will be confirmed early next week.

“We have already secured the launch venue. The album was supposed to be launched this week but we have postponed because we want to produce as many copies as possible to beat piracy. We hope to sell over 50 000 copies of CDs during the first week of release,” said Zakaria.

The Khiama Boys founder added that he was happy to have finally managed to go into the studio with sungura kingpin Macheso and his brother Zakaria Zakaria who quit his band in 1997.

“Macheso featured on two tracks. He played the bass guitar on Mira Pako and also did backing vocals on a Chewa song titled Mwambo (Law).

“Zakaria Zakaria played the rhythm guitar on a number of songs on the album. Simon Mutambi (sungura artiste) played bass and provided backing vocals on the song Sarudzo,” he said.

Songs making the album include Takakomborerwa, Sarudzo, Mira Pako, Murombo, Muromo and Mwambo (Law).

In an earlier interview with the Daily News, Zakaria, who is better known as Senior Lecturer due to his pioneering role in sungura music, hinted that the forthcoming album would be laden with subtle political messages.

“The album was inspired by both political and economic hardships facing people on a daily basis. The message is not confined to Zimbabwe alone but it targets the whole world.

“I was quiet over the past years but the worsening economic and political situation prevailing has forced me to appeal to our leaders through music.

“I wish I could sing in all languages spoken on this earth so that my message will be effectively heard. My message is about urging leaders to lead by example not just mere talking while acting in opposite manner,” said the veteran sungura star.

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