As sungura albums continue to pour onto the local music market, Gift Amuli of the Wamatuka fame has decided to join the race with his third release titled Machena.
The album, which is undergoing cosmetic changes and is in final production stages, is expected on the market soon and the musician says he is ready to stand his ground in the tough competition.
While Tongai Moyo, Sulumani Chimbetu and Alick Macheso opened the race with new albums late last year, this year most musicians in this genre seem determined to claim their share in the market.
In the last couple of months Nicholas Zakaria released Ruvheneko, Somandla Ndebele released Ndipei Nguva, Hosiah Chipanga released Audze Hosiah while Daiton Somanje released Zvisinei Hazvo.
All these albums have been competing for space on the airwaves, on record bar shelves and even in pirates’ bags.
Now, Amuli is set to throw another one into the fray.
“I am confident that this album will make great impact despite the tough competition currently in the industry. I have done my homework carefully and I am convinced that this is the right time to release the album,” said Amuli.
“I have taken my time to work on the album and I am sure those that have always followed my music will realise that it is better than previous albums. I am certain more than one hit will come from the album.”
The six-track album has songs that include Nyasha, Pandipano, Nhai Baba and Vana Vangu.
Amuli, who is one of the founding members of Zvishavane Sounds which topped charts with the song Chitototo in the 1990s, has been on a steady rise to fame.
His first album Munombozvigona Sei introduced Amuli in a big way as it carried the hit song Wamatuka. The video of the song was also very popular as it featured talented dance group Girls of Peace.
He then released By Ginya, which also did well and many will recall the video of the song Daka Renyu that had an exciting traditional flavour.
Amuli said he is planning a grand launch of the album before the end of the month.