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Macheso says to launch new album next week
13/03/2016 00:00:00
by Anna Chibamu
Confirms new album launch ... Alick Macheso

ALICK (Extra Basso) Macheso will launch his most anticipated 10th album in a fortnight at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) in Harare.

The album, which has six tracks and is entitled Tsoka Dzerwendo, will feature songs like Munyaradzi and Baba.

Speaking to journalists at a press conference last Friday, Macheso said he had taken a break from the studio in order to concentrate on charity work and also to study music trends in Zimbabwe before his latest production.

Macheso, a Red Cross Ambassador, has been travelling throughout the country to assess the poverty situation with the global organisation.

“My album, Tsoka Dzerwendo will be launched on 24 March and it will be released on the 21st of March at rainbow Towers.

“This album is dedicated to charity and a certain percentage of its sales will go to Red Cross for charity development.

“I am saddened by what I saw in some areas like Chivi district. Sometimes you would even volunteer to take off all your clothes and donate to people,” said Macheso.

He added that he would encourage other musicians to hold charity shows to raise funds for poverty alleviation.

The Sungura maestro also expressed concern at the level of piracy in Zimbabwe.

“Piracy should come to an end. The fine of $20 is too little considering the damage being made to the industry,” he said.

“The music industry has gone down through piracy and musicians are becoming poorer and poorer because some people are benefiting from this piracy business and many musicians’ families are struggling to survive in the industry.”

Macheso emerged as one of the most popular contemporary Zimbabwean musicians in the late 90s with his band Orchestra Mberikwazvo.

His first two albums Magariro and Vakiridzo were not phenomenal successes, but his third offering, Simbaradzo, proved to be a gold mine. 

Simbaradzo sold 350,000 copies, breaking Zimbabwean records for album sales. Additionally, the album shot Macheso to stardom throughout the country and in parts of Africa.

His follow up to SimbaradzoZvakanaka Zvakadaro, was also a success, reportedly selling 100,000 copies in its first week alone.

Macheso released his fifth album, Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, in May 2003. Some his subsequent work includes Zvinoda Kutendwa, Ndezvashe-Eh and Magariro.


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