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Zimbabwe Sungura 'King' Alick Macheso Releases Sizzling Album

  • Michael Kariati

Alick Macheso rekindles lost glory as he releases sizzling album. (VOA)

Alick Macheso rekindles lost glory as he releases sizzling album. (VOA)

Zimbabwe sungura music guru Alick Macheso has once again sent the nation talking proving that he is not a spent force after all.

This follows the release of his latest offering Tsoka Dzerwendo which is on course of breaking all records after selling over 100,000 copies on its first day of release.

With only a few days on the market, Tsoka Dzerwendo could break the highest selling record which Macheso also holds after his other recording, Simbaradzo, sold over 300,000 copies to break the 180,000 copies record previously held by Leonard Zhakata’s Maruva Enyika released in 1994.

Those people, who have bought the new album or have taken their time to listen to it, say the recording is a blockbuster and one of them is entertainment critic Richmore Tera.

Tera says this is a well-done project considering the fact that people were taking Macheso as a spent force.

“This is a well done project, considering the fact that people were taking Macheso as a spent force. He has proved that he is still a force to reckon with,” says Tera.

Tera adds that the response the album has received so far has shown that Macheso is still the king of sungura music.

“Considering the wide reception that the album is receiving, it has proved that the man is still the king of sungura,” says Tera.

Following Simbaradzo and Maruva Enyika, Tsoka Dzerwendo is the third highest-selling album in Zimbabwean history. Chitekete, from the late singer Leonard Dembo, sold around 120,000 copies.

However, Macheso’ latest album has already passed that mark. Already the recording has started dominating play in commuter omnibuses and in drinking places and with its public announcement coming later this evening could dominate homes as well.

The recording features six songs with the most popular being Kurarama Inyasha.

Other hits are Munyaradzi, Mude Mude, Gungwa, and Wandirangaridza.

A Macheso follower, Matthisa Kufandirimbwa, says the album starts from a slow melody and has a strong message for Zimbabweans.

Macheso produced his latest offering himself and is also doing the marketing and distribution.

To discourage the public from buying pirated copies, Baba Shero has pegged the recording’s price at a modest and affordable $1.

Macheso last recorded in 2012 when he released Magariro.

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