6 September 2007

Zimbabwe: Macheso's New Album Out

Harare — The wait is finally over. Alick Macheso's much-awaited latest album Ndezvashe-eh is finally out and would be available in record bars tomorrow. The title was changed from Nekuti Ndezvashe owing to some technical hitches.

The artiste is distributing the album personally after failing to get concrete deals with music marketing and distributing companies.

Makro, Metro Studios, Record and Tape Promotions and Zimbabwe Music Corporation were all bidding to sign on Macheso.

"Eh, I am made to understand that local music companies failed to agree on contractual terms with (Eric) Fish (the director of Mobile Music Trust which recorded Ndezvashe-eh), but there are some individuals who have already bought copies directly from MMT," Macheso said. The musician said one prominent promoter had already ordered 30 000 copies from the South African recording company.

"One local promoter, I understand, has an order of 30 000 copies which he intends to distribute.

"I got the information from Fish that some individuals and corporate organisations had indicated their desire to buy many copies of the album," said Macheso, whose last album, Vapupuri Pupurai, hit the market in 2005. Macheso could not disclose who would be marketing and distributing the album but said he was working on some modalities with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority so that he could sell some copies.

The local promoter, who preferred anonymity, confirmed that he had an order of 30 000 copies although he could not go into further detail.

"Ko murungu (Macheso) ati chii? Yes, I have an order of about 30 000 copies, but I still have to give you feedback after receiving the consignment. "I need the album for my projects, but Macheso should be in a better position to tell you who is distributing the album," said the promoter.

An advertisement in yesterday's issue of The Herald said only minimum orders of $80 million would be taken. Because of the release of the latest album, Macheso would update his website that was last modified when Vapupuri Pupurai went on sale two years ago. Macheso's web consultant Masimba Kuchera said he would revisit the site to give fans more information about the album.

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