Sungura maestro, Alick Macheso, says he is open to go into collaborations with other local musicians but will not compromise on the Sungura genre for the recordings.
Macheso was speaking after the successful launch of his latest album, Tosvitswa Nashe at the weekend.
The six track album comes after a four year album sabbatical as he last released an album in 2018 “Dzinosvitsa Kure”.
The tracks on the album are Makazvinzwepi, Kutadzirana, Nzendo Dzirefu, Impfa Nimulandi, Munhu Mumwe and Ndimi Vanhu Vacho.
“I might collaborate with other musicians, but when it comes to our albums, I will not modify the genre. It is good as it is. We appreciate the existence of other genres. It is good for diversity,” said the Sungura ace.
The legendary Sungura musician showed why he is the King of Sungura as he attracted a bumper crowd at the Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex.
The place, popularly known as “Kwa Macheso” was packed to it’s rafters as the musician and his band together with other musicians took turns to mesmerise music lovers who braved the cold weather and descended on the venue in their large numbers.
The complex was packed to its maximum by around 22:00 hours, with long winding queues outside still swelling even when the show had long commenced.
Baba Shero roped in his trusted lieutenants, veteran producer, Bothwell “African” Nyamhondera, as well as seasoned engineer Arron Tom, to come up with an album that dwells on social commentary. The album is now available on YouTube as well as online platforms.
The Sungura ace was joined on stage by his mentor, Madzibaba Nicholas “The Senior Lecturer” Zakaria and performed together, something that fans had longed to see as the two used to be together back in the day.
The supporting acts were equal to the task as they made sure that the fans got value for their money. Zimdancehall artists Seh Calaz and Jah Master gave top drawer performances with the former getting a chance to do a duet with the birthday boy, as Macheso played the guitar for Seh Calaz during the chanter’s performance. Baba Harare lived to the billing as the Jiti musician showed the masses why he is called Baba Harare.
Macheso’s latest offering entered the scene on a high note as a copy of the album was bought for US $10 000 by Deputy Minister for Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Tino Machakaire.
Machakaire said he paid US $10 000 not for the music alone but also as an appreciation to the living legend.