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Utakataka shines without Shiga Shiga


KWEKWE — Utakataka Express put up a flawless show in front of a capacity crowd at Tropicana Hotel Saturday in the aftermath of losing two of its key band members.

In their first show since being deserted by chanter Shiga Shiga and bassist Spencer “Bolt Cutter” Kumulani, the local sungura outfit fronted by Peter Moyo showed no signs of the major losses which have made media headlines in the past week.

Former Utakataka dancer Brighton “Lualua” Kayanda who had left the band was called back to fill in what appeared to be the big shoes of the Congolese artist, now with Energy Mutodi.

Lualua warmed up the crowd with his new lines and left many a fan convinced that the departure of the man who appeared to be the secret behind the band was a nonevent.

Peter also took the time to introduce new bassist Savious Karikodzi who mesmerised fans with his guitar-playing skills.

Fans responded by throwing cash on stage to appreciate Karikodzi’s antics on the bass, in a show that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

The well-polished dance acts by Peter’s dancers also added some gloss to the entire lovers’ evening with fans saying they would not miss Shiga Shiga and Spencer.

“We still have our Utakataka and they have showed they are bigger than individuals. We will not miss Shiga Shiga or Spencer. Let them go,” said Tawanda Mutero, a fan from Amaveni.

Meanwhile Peter continued to steadily improve his act as he attempts to fill the big shoes of his late father Tongai Moyo. He took over the lead guitar to belt out Zvinoita Murudo and Samanyemba to send the crowd into a frenzy.

A group of appreciative fans responded by giving crisp $100 notes to the young “Igwe” of sungura.
Band manager Sukulube Dube, told NewsDay Utakataka can only improve, while appreciating the support the band continues to receive from fans.

“We can only improve our act and get stronger as a band. We are happy with our act and appreciate the feedback and support from the fans,” he said.

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