The Herald (Harare)

12 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Macheso Headlines 'Shut Down' Gig

Seasoned sungura singer Alick Macheso is scheduled to headline the "Shut Down Harare 2012" gig at Pamuzinda Highway Xscape on December 21, that also features the King of Zora music Leonard "Karikoga" Zhakata, Jah Prayzah, Peter Moyo and Romeo Gasa

As the official countdown to the gig begins, all the performing artistes are geared up for what appears to be the biggest year-ender on their calendar.

The year-ender gig appears to be the main drawcard in Harare as the Orchestra Mberikwazvo will end their fine run this year after the release of their album "Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure)".

Although critics have not yet given thumbs up to the new release, the general feeling is that whatever Macheso puts on the market its guaranteed to sell.

However, ardent fans will argue that the new album is for those who love to dance and be merry since it's rich both instrumentally and vocally.

Whichever way you look at it, the gig has all the ingredients of a thriller since the "Madhawu" hitmaker has plenty of hits up his sleeves.

Affectionately known as "Extrabasso" by his fans, Macheso is likely to delight his fans with his latest dance called "Kochekera" on the night.

While "Samasimba" was popular prior to the release of the album, songs such as "Cynthia" and "Macharangwanda" are proving to be favourites of many a listener.

People would rather forget the lyrics on the song "Cynthia", which deals with the dilemma of losing a lover but it is the music arrangement that easily gets people on their feet. The song has a fusion of sungura and rhumba beats, making it a party anthem.

The fast beat on "Macharangwanda" coated by the depth of the lyrics which talks of broken promises and teenage pregnancy, makes the song an enjoyment to listeners.

"Baba Chamu", as Zhakata is affectionately known, promises to give his best in music and dance as he celebrated a fruitful year in which he not only made a stunning comeback but also reclaimed his position as one of the Big Five musicians in Zimbabwe.

The "Mugove" hitmaker has seen his stock rise in recent years and he is fast reclaiming his 90s glory days.

Jah Prayzah, arguably the most improved musician this year, would also love to prove that he is now his own man. It has been a good year for Jah Prayzah after he made an impact with his social ditty "Gochi Gochi". Through the song, Jah Prayzah has built a strong fan base, which follows him wherever he goes especially in Greater Harare.

On a night where he is the only one who will be playing a different genre, the musician would love to show that even contemporary reggae is sweet to the ear. Peter Moyo, who has established himself well at the helm of Utakataka Express since the death of his father Tongai, would also want to shut down with a show to remember.

The pint-sized musician has been sampling songs from his forthcoming album, which is due for release anytime soon. Romeo Gasa has never looked back since winning the Chibuku Road to Fame a couple of years back. The young man is slowly carving his name in the hall of sungura greats.

With a rare opportunity to perform before a huge crowd, Gasa will surely leave no stone unturned to steal the limelight.

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