“It is like a dream. After all the waiting, speculation and uncertainty, my fans can now enjoy my latest album Gotwe (Last Born).”
These were Leonard Zhakata’s words after successfully launching his album that was recorded about three years ago.
Due to a wrangle with his former record company, Zimbabwe Music Corporation (ZMC) , the musician had to endure the long wait and exhaust his patience as he tried to get his latest project onto the market.
On Saturday night Zhakata was a contented man when he launched the album at Sports Diner amid pomp and fanfare.
He smiled, danced and whistled as fans cheered him up in a way that exhibited immense solidarity.
It was a great achievement for the humble musician who ditched ZMC in March before the company made numerous efforts to block his move.
In a packed auditorium, the musician unleashed his album, which was released on Friday and was on sale at the show. His fans enjoyed the event.
He played most songs from the latest album and also had time to give his fans a run through his old hits that include Mugove, Maruva Enyika, Bhora Rembabvu and Hupenyu Mutoro.
Off the latest album, fans fell in love with tunes like Simudza Mureza, Misodzi Yerudo, Rima Rapera, Uchandipa Menduru and Dambura Mbabvu.
The musician gave an energetic performance and left punters clamouring for more.
He was aptly complemented with an inimitable stage performance from Progress Chipfumo and Jah Prayzah who were part of the show.
It was indeed a gig to remember and a celebratory event for Zhakata. The musician was freed by ZMC after a long struggle and he had to release the album with Metro Studios just a day before its launch.
Metro Studios director Emion Sibindi said the company had worked flat out to ensure that the album is available on the market.
“Zhakata had his challenges, but he was determined to release this album. We had to work beyond our normal schedule to ensure that the album is released,” said Sibindi.
“He came with his master copy on Friday and we had to ensure that the album was on the streets by Saturday. We are happy that all parties have done their best and fans can now access the album.”
Zhakata said he would soon be embarking on a national tour to take the album to his fans in all parts of the country.
“I am a happy man. My album is now available and all I can say is that let us forget about the long wait and enjoy the music. It has been a challenging and trying time as I wrestled to release the album, but the most important thing is that we have won an important battle,” said Zhakata.