BY AGATHA CHUMA
SUNGURA center Alick Macheso celebrated his 54th birthday in style on Friday night.
He has indeed shared his heartwarming love with other artists and fans in general. The streets of social media have been trending with the statement wazadza (he filled up). And what did he fill?
The Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex, of course, a place that became his homeland. He was back there on Friday to celebrate his 54th birthday, the launch of his 12th album and the 24th anniversary of his band, Orchestra Mberikwazvo.
From the executive dinner at Rainbow Towers on Thursday to the pool complex in Chitungwiza on Friday, it was all about Machesos’ new album Tinosvitswa Nashewhich carries six tracks, Kutadzirana, Impfa Nimulandi, Ndimi Vanhu Vacho, Nzendo Dzirefu, Makazvinzwepi and Munhu Mumwe, as well as his and the band’s birthday celebrations.
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His album launch poster was one of the most circulated and talked about posters on the streets and on social media.
Macheso has managed to attract people from Zimbabwe and outside, which is enough to prove that he is an international giant given how much his music is loved by people from all walks of life across the globe. Until 3 a.m., people were still queuing to enter the hall, which was already full.
Former Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe national team player Willard Katsande flew in from South Africa to join in the celebrations.
Among the artists who attended the party were Nicholas Zakaria, Andy Muridzo, Baba Harare, Mai Titi, Selmor Mtukudzi, Seh Calaz, Jah Master, Leonard Zhakata, Sulumani Chimbetu, Carlos Green and Kapfupi, among others. These artists, along with the Ochestra Mberi Kwazvo group, helped Macheso cut his birthday cake.
Baba Harare rocked the stage with his notorious jiti songs and dance moves which prompted the Mashwede family to give him US$10,000 in cash on stage, thanks to Macheso for making Baba Harare richer when he was n came only to celebrate with king sungura.
Selmor Mtukudzi was the only woman in the squad, but she proved herself and was up to the challenge of her male counterparts. She wowed the crowd with her rendition of her songs and those of her late father, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi.
What a night it was and people forgot about the cold winter weather because the huge crowds turned the Chitungwiza complex into a warm blanket. And, indeed, Baba Sharo welcomed everyone to his show, including vendors who did good business outside the venue.
Macheso also took the opportunity to give Franco Slomo who left him to form his own band, Extra Kwazvose, a chance to decide if he wants to join him. Franco couldn’t muster the courage to accept the invitation, but thanks to the huge crowd that eased the decision for him by shouting that he should join Macheso. Baba Sharo is undoubtedly a father with a very big heart.
For those unfamiliar with Macheso, he was born on June 10, 1968 and was part of Nicholas Zakaria before forming his own Ochestra Mberikwazvo with Zakaria Zakaria, Nicholas’ younger brother. His discography consists of 12 albums namely Magariro (1998), Vakirirdzo (1999), Simbaradzo (2000), Zvakanaka Zvakadaro (2001), Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya (2003), Vapupuri Pupurai (2005), Ndezvashe (2007), Zvinoda Kutendwa (2010), Kwatabva Mitunhu (2012), Tsoka Dzerwendo (2016), Dzinosvitsa Kure (2018) and the new baby Tinosvitswa Nashe (2022). He is well known for his songs Madhawu and Tafadzwa Nyarara.
Youtube the views are enough to prove that the reception is already overwhelming with Impfa Nimulandi having the most views at 115,000.
It was certainly an evening that will be remembered for a long time.
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