Several artistes will tonight be expected to grace Nicholas Zakaria’s album launch scheduled for Dandaro Inn.
The likes of superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso, Suluman Chimbetu, Soul Jah Love, Romeo Gasa, Progress Chipfumo and Somandla Ndebele have confirmed their participation at the launch.
National Arts Council director Elvas Mari will be the guest of honour while promoters Josh Hozheri and Isau Mupfumi will also grace the launch.
Titled “Rumbidzo” the album is the 26th offering from the experienced sungura musician. Zakaria said he was happy that promoters and fellow musicians have confirmed their participation at the launch.
“It has been long since I launched an album and I am happy that a number of artistes have confirmed their participation at the launch,” he said. The “Tsamba” hitmaker was convinced that the rich lyrics on most of the songs will transform the lives of many people.
“I have been receiving calls from people appreciating the message on some of the songs,” he said.
On “Mwari Anogona” the musician praises God for the happiness and the blessings in his life. He says everyone is equal before God on “Wakakodzera”.
He encourages people to love one another on “Rudo Runokosha” on which he castigates those who do not have real love. “Pane Nyaya” is a track that encourages people to repent while “Mbiri Ndeya Mwari” encourages people to be humble. On “Pamutanda”, Zakaria says people should seek God first before anything else.
Patson Chimbodza, who is putting together the show, said the musician deserves to be honoured because of his contribution to the music industry.
Born in 1957 at Belgownie Estates in Mazowe Zakaria formed a group called Vhuka Boys with the help of Stephen Chinyani. In 1984, Zakaria left the Vhuka Boys to form the famed Khiama Boys with the help of Cephas Karushanga, Alick Macheso, System Tazvida and Tineyi Chikupo. As Khiama Boys, they released hit songs such as “Kubva Kure”, “Mabvi Nemagokora”, “Shamiso” and “Mabhauwa”.
While other musicians left to pursue solo careers, Zakaria has been at the helm of Khiama boys for many decades.