Ex-Zhakata band members form new group

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THREE band members who deserted Zora musician Leonard Zhakata have formed a new group called Vagoni Vebasa.

Entertainment Reporter

The three, bassist Bakaniya Teka, rhythmist George Baya — who will lead the band — and vocalist identified only as Taurai, left Zim All Stars led by Zhakata last month after the musician devoted himself to gospel ministry at United Families International Church.

Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, Teka, who was one of the key band members, said they decided to leave the musician who was devoting himself to the work of God.

“We were going unpaid sometimes because we had no shows on weekends,” Teka said.

“He was taking his effort to the church. That gave us the courage to start our own things.” He said they would be joined by some of the band members who left the musician in the past.

Zhakata was not willing to comment on the issue saying he had decided not to talk to members of the print media.

“I will not talk to members of the print media because of some reasons which I will not reveal,” Zhakata said.

However, sources close to the Mugove hit maker yesterday revealed that the musician was already a pastor at the United Families International Church led by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.

“He is already a pastor at the church and it explains why he is no longer staging circular shows,” he said.

He added that it was becoming difficult for the musician to pay band members who then decided to move on. His manager Soul Mubvumbi was reluctant to comment on the issue referring all questions to his boss instead.

However, the two groups are likely to come on a collision course as the group Vagoni Vebasa is likely to play some of Zhakata’s songs at live shows.

38 COMMENTS

  1. I think he is a clever money guy who has seen the fortunes being reaped by the tithes merchants in Africa from the poor, its millions of dollars compares to a few dollars from music shows.

    Akati kanda gitare pasi unhonge chivhangeri chemari.

  2. what do you mean by key band members?? Being an instrumentalist at Zim All Stars does not mean one is a key member. If they were key band members why is it that the band is still moving on?? The band is even much stronger. He is staging successful shows and u say key band members. Thats poor and biased reporting.

  3. I wish both the members who have departed, and those who are staying all the best. There has to be an agreement though for thee new band to play songs composed by Leonard Zhakata as there are intellectual property rights issues.

  4. Does that mean zhakata will be playing zora gospel music? Zhakata if that is the case go for those tens of thousand of believers in the UFIC and make them dance.As for the break away group don’t forget that the music road is bumpy

  5. Va Zhakata we always love what u giv us. Thank u, hapana chisingaperi tose tinozviziva, MAKAITA BASA!!!!

  6. Bambo kufunga kwenyu hakuna kushata kushandira Mwari chinhu chakanaka chose,asi chero dai makaramba muri kwamaive uko zvaingofaya wani manje mboko ,mbavha dzamajoina idzo dzichakusiyai mava gatahwa ,sawara chairo muchingozi ma tithes papa,muchamama naMakandiwa iye izvozvi ari kuna Sangoma wake kuGhana uko kuti kana ouya munoti choose mese imi Gore rino Muchadura.

  7. Leonard Zhakata has always been singing gospel. Those who have been following him will remember songs such as Kuronga kwababa and Ariko. His music has always been of encouragement, hope, justice and fairness.

    For those who missed another article in a different newspaper, he will be releasing two albums this year – one gospel and one secular one. Watch out for more fire.

  8. Truly speaking zhakata was good with these guys yes hapana chisingaperi but to someone who know George, anoziva zvandirikureva we support Zhakata because of his talent, the guys included I wish them luck Macheso did the same, we have a great musician today maybe its their chance to grow its also good to serve God if its not because of money

  9. It seems to me that this is how this guy behaves history of splits, desertion. How many splits and how many desertions and now it is complicated as it is spiritual. There is an element of greedy here, but getting rich through dubious means is no rich, it will backfire. LKZ has been destroyed so easily takangotarisa heyi tight. Everyone in the band is instrumental, if the shows are successful and hopefully paying then good enough. Kana pasina kugadziriswa nyaya dzakaita kuti vamwe vatize, naivovo vakauya vachangotizavo, hapana asingadi kugutsa mhuri yake.

    Releasing two albums this year, I am watching. Tozotenda dzadzoka dzaswera nebenzi, if Gotwe took 5 years and a lot of promises and postponement for the new album, hapana chinobuda. Pane avo vafunga kutanga zvavo, itai twenyu kuti mararame, ndimwi munoziva zv

  10. Zhakata remains talented [living legend] figure. The majority of us have benefited from him, spiritually and morally since the arrival of Mugove. Let us not judge God’s Plans. The three guys have also benefited from him as well and they should appreciate that. Those who are not interested with gospel music that he may produce, ridzai maold CD ake eZora. Iye Zhakata pachake anoziva waimutungamira mukuimba kwake kwose. Let us thank God for this talented figure.

  11. Zhakata has decided to change and you also not to change. So why criticising one whilst he has not critisised you for your decision not to change? He has seen light. Inga akaimba wani kuti, “Chaedza ba mberi kwako.” Ndezva Jesu izvi, siyanai nazvo.

    • vakomana vakasiya vakaenda nezvipo zvavo,Zhakata akasara nechipo chake.nguva ndoichatitariza chokwadi.zviuya zvirimberi.i will suport both parties coz vane element yeZORA vose.

  12. vakomana vakasiya vakaenda nezvipo zvavo,Zhakata akasara nechipo chake.nguva ndoichatitariza chokwadi.zviuya zvirimberi.i will suport both parties coz vane element yeZORA vose.

  13. Zhakata is the real legend! While i miss kuenda kwaGeorge bt i think u wil all agree wth me tht Zhakata has a talent tht can neva be affected nekubuda kwaZhorizho. Wen did george joined Zhakata’s band? Akasvika band iri riripo saka ngaaende anongosiyazve riripoo. Zvichida vanozodzoka vachiriwana riripo. VanaSphageti vakamboenda kwaTongai naAllan asi vakadzoka zvaoma kunze uko. Long live Zora music nd Zora Legend

  14. Rima rapera both teams are now in operation and they are defining their destine. Everyone was given a talent and it is a question of using that talent to meet your daily needs. If things are not working for you, you try this and that, who knows unogona kudzimba, mumasango munezvakasiyana. Nyaya yekugonyera panzvimbo imwe chete uchifira mbiri isiri yako haairaramisi mhuri. Ukaona munhu wofunga kuparadzana neuyu wawanga kuchishandira for 13 years panenge pane nyaya, saka Zhakata ngaapangadzirise ipapo. ZORA band rinogoendepi, rinongoramba riripo even risina zvarinoita zita rinenge richingovapo and iye muridzi haakwanisi kuzvitiza even zvorema sei. I think he has learnt one or two things and is taking correct measures but this should not be done after the fall out.

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