Macheso to sample forthcoming album tracks at Mutare ‘crossover’ gig

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Alick Macheso is set to perfom in Mutare at The Platinum on Sunday for the New Years Eve crossover gig.

Ngoni Dapira

THE Orchestra Mberikwazvo leader Alick Macheso will on Sunday give his Mutare fans an exceptional treat by sampling a few of his tracks from his forthcoming album expected to be released next year, his public relations manager Tichaona ‘Tich’ Makahamadze revealed yesterday (Wednesday) to the Eastern Times Entertainment.

Alick Macheso the sungura maestro doing what he does best with his guitar.

Macheso and his full Orchestra Mberikwazo entourage will be performing at The Platinum (Formerly Pick N’ Save) for the New Year’s eve crossover gig.
Although the perennial hit-maker disappointed his fans after he did not release his highly anticipated album that had been pronounced for release mid this this year, Tich promised his legion of fans that the album, which will be his 11th studio album, would be released next year.

He said Macheso was still polishing some tracks to produce a scorcher as always.
After asking him, whether the failure to release an album this year was because of the stiff competition from the likes of Jah Prayzah that stole the limelight with his Kutonga Kwaro album, Tich refuted that it was not the case, saying Macheso was now a tried and tested brand.
“We should release the new album early next year if all goes accordingly. We are called Mberikwazvo nekuti totorowa mberikwazvo,” said Tich. He confirmed that amongst the tracks from the forthcoming album  that will be played on Sunday, Kudzwai, will be one of them whilst the others, ‘one or two’ he said, will be a surprise gift to his Mutare fans.
Macheso or Baba Sharo as he is fondly called by his fans, started sampling the track Kudzwai during some of his shows this year. One of his fans in September posted a video on You Tube of his performance of the track during a show in Harare. That video of Kudzwai, a track in which Macheso will be thanking the Lord, as of yesterday had 34 890 since it was posted on You Tube on September 17.
Macheso’s last album “Tsoka Dzerwendo” released early last year was a resounding success. Although, his three songs ‘Gungwa’, ‘Wandirangaridza’ and ‘Mude Mude’ which were on the album took fourth, fifth and sixth positions in the Radio Zimbabwe Coca Cola Top50, behind Leonard Zhakata’s topping songs ‘Madam Boss,’ ‘Zvine Mwaka,’ and ‘Moyo Wekutenda’ respectively, Macheso was tipped among the favourites together with Jah Prayzah who also had his ‘Madhara Vachauya’ chart buster.

When Macheso released the Tsoka Dzerwendo album it had been after a four-year hiatus and some of his fans were now doubtful about his comeback. He had last produced ‘Kwatakabva Mitunhu’ in 2012. Whilst the bar set by Jah Prayzah this year is way up there, and one that will be hard to topple beyond doubt, it will be interesting to see what Macheso will bring on the table next year, as he has never disappointed over the years, always stepping up his game to come up with a new feel album which invigorates his sound.

Orchestra Mberikwazvo entourage in action this year during the Independence Day Celebrations held in April in Harare.

His Mberikwazvo dancers led by the brilliant Selemani “Majuice” Mpochi who is always a feast for the eyes to see performing have over the years maintained their spectre, highly rated amongst the country’s top performing bands that always give fans value for their hard earned money during concerts. Majuice capably took over the reins from Francis ‘Franco Slomo’ Dhaka, who left the Macheso camp with a few other band members in 2013 to start their own band Extra Kwazvose.

Tich said to show how Macheso is still a top biller in the country, their calendar was fully booked from tomorrow (Friday) till the the first of January. Macheso is expected to perform in Harare at PaMuzinda Highway on Friday then on Saturday in Chitungwiza and then come to Mutare on Sunday. Thereafter (on Monday) the sungura maestro will be crossing the border to Mozambique where he will be performing at a private show in Chipunga Beira in Sofala province.

The man of the moment, the military touch musician, Jah Prayzah (in front), with his Third Generation band.

Meanwhile, last week Thursday the man of the moment Jah Prayzah did not dissapoint in Mutare. After stepping on the stage around 12-midnight he kept revellers entertained till around 4am when he finished his act. He sang a mixed bag taking revellers down memorylane with a few of his yesteryear hitsongs, but it was the latest chart bangers that drove the crowd into a frenzy.

Having back to back shows in Mutare with Jah Prayzah, it will be interesting to see if Macheso will surpass the hype set last week by the Kutonga Kwaro hitmaker whose title track has literally become a national anthem in Zimbabwe at the moment.

The proprietor of The Platinum Esau Mupfumi said having the back to back shows by the top billers was his present to Mutare revellers to wind down the year with a bang.

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