Macheso brings new members home

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Sungura giant Alick Macheso says his new band members have settled in the group and convincingly filled the gaps left by dancer Francis “Slomo” Dhaka, backing vocalist Elton Muropa and guitarist Noel Nyazanda who crossed over to Sulumani Chimbetu’s outfit at the beginning of the year.

The new acquisitions at Orchestra Mberikwazvo, First Sakala and Wilson Mega, have proved they are up to their tasks while dancers Selemani “Majuice” Mpochi and Peter Kagomera, who have been with the group for some time, have upped their game.

Tomorrow, Macheso will unveil the new-look outfit for the first time in his “home ground” at Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza at a show dubbed “The Big Showdown” where he will share the stage with Oliver Mtukudzi and Tryson Chimbetu.

Macheso’s manager William Tsandukwa said performing in their “home ground” was always inspiring.

“This show is very important to Macheso because he will officially introduce his new band members to the Chitungwiza residents who are his neighbours, friends and fans,” said Tsandukwa.

“Our greatest support comes from Chitungwiza and every time we perform at the Aquatic Complex, we know we will be at home. Fans always come in their numbers and this show will be their opportunity to see the new-look band in action.”

Tsandukwa said the band had not been disturbed in any way by the departure of Slomo, Muropa and Nyazanda adding they had new and better dance moves to showcase.

“Alick has new songs and styles and I really cannot say much, but everyone who will attend the show must come expecting a lot of surprises.”

Event manager of the gig, Habis Joseph said: “The Big Showdown” was initially an August event, but they had decided to hold it early due to public demand.Joseph said last year over 4 000 revellers attended the show while a gig featuring the same line-up which was held at the end of the year attracted a higher figure.

“The show of the giants is going to be affordable for the average person. It will cost $5 throughout the night and this year we are hoping to have more than 5 000 people attending,” he said.

Joseph said Chimbetu, whose mentor was Macheso, would be the first to take to the stage to show fans what his elder has taught him.

Mtukudzi will then take to the stage and Macheso will perform last. Macheso and Mtukudzi are expected to perform some songs together.