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Zimbabwe: Diamond Musica's Shaka Returns

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One of the founding members of the famed Diamond Musica, Angayi Doli, more popularly known as Shaka has made a welcome return to Zimbabwe to renew his romance with the rhumba group. The fiery lead guitarist, arranger and producer who is now based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, says he was excited to be back in the country, which he described as his second home.

"It feels good to be back. I am excited to see my fans and friends from a long time ago. I am grateful for the love and I feel appreciated for the good work I did for the Zimbabwean music," he said.

Shaka was instrumental in the release of Diamond Musica's chart-topping album "Amaule" and he worked alongside such musicians as the late Simon Chimbetu, Tanga WekwaSando and Willom Tight, to mention a few.

However, Shaka said he was still willing to work with other musicians besides his longtime ally Pitshou Lumiere.

"I know Pitshou and I come a long way such that he's like a brother to me, but that doesn't mean that I can't work with other artistes.

"In fact, I want to record with other musicians for as long I am still here," he said.

According to Pitshou, who has just revived Diamond Musica giving it a new image, Shaka will lay his hands on the new single "Focus" taken off their upcoming 12-track album titled "The World in Colour" due for release later this year.

But before the release of the single, there is a planned welcome party for Shaka at Red Fox Hotel where the group will perform alongside Dino Mudondo of the Rasta Kwasa fame.

Since last year, Diamond Musica has been staging regular gigs at the hotel every Thursday in what is known as the "African Night".

"We have been promising our fans around Zimbabwe that Shaka was coming.

"We are happy that the man is finally here to do what he knows best after waiting for him since last December.

"We are hoping to deliver good music to the people now that Shaka is here.

"To most rhumba fans they know how Shaka plays his music and it is so distinct you can't miss it," Pitshou said.

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