The Herald (Harare)

22 April 2003

Zimbabwe: Fans Get Foretaste of Macheso's Next Album

Harare — CHINHOYI, where the seven gallant Zimbabweans who fought the first fierce battle of the Second Chimurenga war, celebrated this year's independence with a musical bash featuring Alick "Borrowdale" Macheso and the Assegai Crew.

The normally quiet town suddenly sprang to life when the musicians arrived and everyone got ready for a night of dance, drinking and making merry.

It was a night of peace in Chinhoyi, you could have smelt it in the atmosphere.

At the Orange Groove Motel, just a few kilometres away from the exact spot where the seven fighters died, sound whirled in the air as residents of this farming and mining town danced to their freedom.

The people of Chinhoyi came in their droves to commemorate Zimbabwe's 23rd birthday.

And the bands that performed impressed the crowds.

Macheso must have been out to dismiss the rumour that his band split and they do not have a forthcoming album.

Members

Featuring all its members some whom have been rumoured to have left, the band churned out hits from their forthcoming album much to the delight of their fans.

New hits Madhawu and Wemakonzo proved instant hits and fans are in for a treat when they hit the market at the end of this month.

The songs have that magical drum and bass which have become characteristic of the man's music.

His forthcoming album is called Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya derived from his message to his fans at the recently held NAMA awards.

Macheso himself was the usual adventurous bassists who seemingly got more strength from the crowd's applause.

He criss-crossed the stage with his unique dance and could have had Michael Jackson green with envy.

He had every reason to sweat on such a chilly night.

Originating from the eastern border town of Mutare and later moving to Warren Park - the Assegai Crew seems never to get weary even after their leader's (Stobart) death.

Ragga Manyika could not help but put the crowd on their feet as they danced late into the night.

Unpopular

Unlike some who get unpopular with performing some songs performed by other artists, the Assegai Crew has got a lot of recognition from the fans.

They sing the songs very well and with a style that leaves many yearning for more.

The Dendera Mix, Mabororo (Disaster) and Kanyama Karipi, which put them into limelight, were some of the favourites among the fans.

They also performed some of the late Bob Marley and UB40's songs.

The bash ended at around 5am on Saturday while many were still in the partying mood.

Slice International descended on Kadoma on Friday once more after one previous good show at the Odessey until morning.

Boys DzeSmoko now led by Isaac Tazvida, the younger brother to the late Peter and System seems to have filled his brothers' shoes well as he also thrilled fans to some Smoko tunes at Monroy Nite Club in Kadoma on Sunday.

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