Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
Alick Macheso says he will celebrate his 53rd with a heavy heart amid alarming levels of drug and alcohol abuse by the young people.
The sungura virtuoso, who was born on June 10 1968 in Shamva, turns a year older today.
Over the years, music promoters, corporate players and individuals would scramble to host the Orchestra Mberikwazvo boss’ ‘born’ day.
However, Macheso will depart from the norm and hold low-key celebrations in line with the Covid-19 restrictions.
And being one of the biggest crowd pullers/pleasers in the country, Baba Sharo said it was high time stakeholders put hands together and save the current generation from ‘drowning’ as a result of drug and alcohol abuse.
In an interview with H-Metro at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport shortly after touching down from South Africa yesterday, Macheso vowed to use his influence and save the young generations.
“It feels good that to be celebrating my 53rd birthday but this time around we won’t mark it the same way we used to do over the years.
“As you know there is Covid-19 which saw our SA shows being postponed and we are simply abiding with the regulations.
“However, I’m really worried by the young generation which is taking drugs and experimenting with a lot of stuff to get high,” he said.
Macheso who is an ambassador with multiple organisations says drug abuse had reached unprecedented levels.
“In my birthday message, I’m appealing from various stakeholders to come on board and save this generation from drug abuse.
“We are getting stories that our kids have gone to the extremes of boiling pampers/diapers just to get ‘high’ while some of using the household electricity bulbs to get intoxicated.
“It’s now our responsibility as parents to step in and stop this new cancer which is threatening this generation’s health and life.
“Drug and alcohol abuse need a collective hand and as an influencer and celebrity I will use my influence to do so,” he said.
Musically, he assured fans of more to come saying he had met other stakeholders across the Limpopo to held him out.
His single Zuro Ndizuro is the last project from Alema Studios.
“In South Africa where I have just returned today I was busy meeting other Orchestra Mberikwazvo stakeholders where we identified place to shoot our forth-coming videos.
“The hospitality we received is beyond words and we will forever cherish our friends in South Africa,” he added.
Baba Sharo – as the sngura is fondly known – boasts of a rich catalogue on albums such as Dzinotsvitsa Kure, Tsoka Dzerwendo, Kwatabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure), Zvinoda Kutendwa, Ndezvashe-eh, Vapupuri Pururai, Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, Zvakanaka Zvakadaro, Simbaradzo, Vakiridzo and Magariro.