4 July 2016
VETERAN lyricist Leonard Karikoga Zhakata has finally revealed the name of his forth-coming album, which he wanted to keep a secret until the day of release.
Titled Mutunga Dzose, the album â€“ his 21st â€“ will be launched this Friday at the Harare International Conference Centre in what would certainly culminate into a rare pungwe of fun.
Fellow artistes Alick Macheso, Peter Moyo, Suluman Chimbetu and Tinashe Magacha will provide cover at the event.
But it is the title of the album which is set to generate debate among musical fans and critics.
Since the beginning of the year, top musicians have been christening their albums with thought-provoking names.
Macheso has named his album Tsoka Dzerwndo while Jah Prayzahâ€™s forth-coming project is titled Mudhara Vachauya.
Not to be outdone is Sulu who has also named his forth-coming album Hawasi Kutiziwa, the names which have since created a lot of debate.
However, the Mugove singer, who prefers doing the noise on stage, could not elaborate further on the title of the album.
â€œHe will explain the title of his album at the launch or afterwards as he wants to keep fans guessing.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t want to pre-empty the title of the album and he feels he has done his best,â€ said Zimbabwe All Stars manager Ben Zhakata.
â€œWe are really pleased with preparations for the show.
â€˜Our sponsors and partners have done their ground work and we are looking forward to a great show.â€
â€¢ SHOW TICKETS
Powered by Kadoma businessman Cossy Rules and friends, fans will have to fork out US$25 for the VVIP enclosure and US$10 for VIP while US$5 is being charged for the rest of the stands.
In another interview, Cossy Rules who is coordinating the event was excited by the response for the album launch.
â€œFans have been begging us to release advance tickets earlier but we will do so once we receive the first batch of tickets from Souht Africa.
â€œWe are really pleased with the enquiries which are being done by fans.
â€œIt really means they have been waiting for so long from Zhakata to release something.â€
â€œZhakata has since revealed the of the album which is called Mutunga Dzose.
â€œHe sampled one of the songs at the weekend on Star FM and the response was just amazing.
â€œWe hope the same fans will show up at the album launch on Friday at HICC.â€™
â€¢ MASSIVE COMERBACK
As Zhakata plans a massive come back, says management, the singer will line-up a series of shows starting with the July 8 HICC showdown, as part of promoting his project.
His album carries 11 tracks namely Moyo Wekutenda, Zuva Rake, Wauya Nei, mutunga Dzese, Kuzvarwa kwemuprofita among others.
It appears fans have since fallen in love with the track Zuva Rake that he has been playing during live shows.
Zora cadres, as Zhakataâ€™s followers prefer calling themselves, have been eagerly waiting for this album which the revered tunesmith is upbeat will surpass his previous album Zvangu Zvaita released three years ago.
The album comes at a time when the singer is holding a series of sold out gigs.