The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Macheso Album Out Today

The long-awaited Alick Macheso album hits the shelves today. Armed with unique security features, "Kwatakabva Mitunhu" (Kure Kwekure), is expected to go platinum once the sales commence today.

Last Power Media co-owner Last Murerwa said the superior unique features on the album will make it impossible to pirate the CD.

"The discs have unique features. It is silver in colour and not easy to break. It's better than the last one we had."

He added that music fans and distributors had no reason to worry about availability of the album, because they had huge stocks that would be readily available at every selling point.

"We have got huge stocks, and the price is quite reasonable."

In addition, budget CDs and cassettes would also be available to cater for the growing clientele.

"We have produced budget CDs and cassettes. We noted that three-quarters of cars around mostly ex-Japanese have cassette players. Although the production of cassettes alone is quite expensive, we want to reach out to as many people as possible," said Murerwa.

Macheso's manager, William Tsandukwa, confirmed that the album would be available in retail shops today.

"I have just spoken to Last Power Media and they indicated that they are in the process of distributing the album across the country today (yesterday) and by the time the retail shops open tomorrow (today), the fans will be able to access their copy of the CD," said Tsandukwa.

The latest offering from the King of Sungura has six songs, which include the already popular "Samasimba", "Zvipo", "Chirimuruwoko", "Kutsvaga Chiremba", "Macharangwanda" and "Cynthia".

Over the years Macheso has risen to be one of the top musicians in the country.

The sungura icon commands a huge fan base that cuts across ages. His music knows no boundaries as it can be heard in upmarket suburbs, played in growth points and enjoyed even in farming communities.

His ability to comment on social issues, assisted by his great guitar strutting skills has made Macheso a household name.

Since the formation of Orchestra Mberikwazvo in 1997, Macheso has gone on a bass guitar revolution that has seen him making the guitar "talk."

To date, Macheso has produced eight albums "Zvinoda Kutendwa", "Magariro", "Vakiridzo", "Simbaradzo", "Zvakanaka Zvakadaro", "Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya", "Vapupuri Pupurai" and "Ndezvashe-eh".

The albums have catapulted him to stardom and each album has carried hit songs that have bagged him awards.

Macheso was born on June 10, 1968 at Bindura Hospital - a few kilometres away from the farm where his migrant parents toiled on the land as farm labourers.

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