SUNGURA Maestro Alick “Zorai Butter” Macheso is set to release a new eight track album, which is expected to be out by the end of next month.
In an interview Macheso’s manager William Tsandukwa said the new songs are already there but recording has not yet started and it is up to the sungura king to release or not.
“I have only read about it in the paper, we have not discussed it together but if he feels it is right to give fans a taste of the new crop then fans should expect another good album from him. He knows what’s good for the band and he is the boss,” he said.
Songs such as Kuroora Inyasha and Ane Bhora are proving popular at his live shows. Macheso said he explores social issues on this new album and it brings back the old beat that spurred Orchestra Mberikwazvo to fame.
“Releasing a new album does not mean the current release Kwatabva Mitunhu (Kure Kure) was not good. We release albums when we feel the time is right and we are convinced next month is the right time to drop in new material,” he said.
The manager said the upcoming eight-track album would take fans down memory lane to his early days soon after quitting Khiama Boys.
“We want to give the new members some confidence and releasing their own piece of art gives them such a boost.
“I have a new band that is playing songs originally done by other guys. The new album will give our fans a chance to hear and see what these boys can do. We want to introduce them to our fans on this album. This is an early Christmas present for our fans and a special thank you to those who stood by us during trying times,” he said.
Macheso broke ranks with Nicholas Madzibaba’s Khiama Boys in 1997 and embarked on a solo musical journey which has seen him rise to the top of the local music scene. He can dance, sing and play the guitar, a rare combination of skills among musicians.
Macheso came onto the music scene in 1998 with his debut album Magariro, which carried the song Pakutema Munda, a title some fans use when referring to the album.
As is a norm on the music scene, his first cut was not that deep and did not receive any recognition. Another album in 1999, Vakiridzo, received a lukewarm appreciation from fans.
In 2000, he went back into the studio and came out with Simbaradzo.
Simbaradzo was the turning point in his career as songs such as Mundikumbuke and Mai Rubhi brought him into the limelight. He was to follow on the success of Simbaradzo with Zvakanaka Zvakadaro in (2001) followed by Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya in 2003.
He followed that with albums Vapupuri Pupurai (2005), Ndezvashe-eh 2007, Zvinoda Kutendwa (2010) and Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kure) 2012.
He is well known throughout Africa as one of the most successful African singers and ranked among the best bass guitarists on the continent.
He is Zimbabwe’s best-selling artiste with his album Simbaradzo being the most sold album in Zimbabwe, a record which is yet to be broken by any artiste in the country to date.
Macheso’s Kwatakabva Mitunhu album was described as a rushed project.
Fans criticised its content as poor with some suggesting it lacked his usual educative lyrics and some saying it was too noisy.
The new album will be the first to be released without old hands, lead guitarist Noel Nyazanda, drummer Obert Gomba and chanter Jonasi Kasamba who joined Extra KwaZvose.
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