MUSIC lovers in Marondera have expressed mixed reactions to Leonard Zhakata’s latest album Zvangu Zvaita with some suggesting he has gone off the rails.
By Wadzanai Madhibha
This comes after months of speculation as to whether or not Zhakata would perform in bars again after his declaration of allegiance to Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church.
Some of the fans interviewed by NewsDay hailed the project saying they had no problem with prominence of gospel messages.
“I do not have any objection with Zhakata as he still incorporates his trademark reflections on society,” Hazel Nyikadzino, one of the revellers at a show held at Buffalo Millers 24 in the Mashonaland East capital, said.
However, some fans took a dig at the Zora musician and said he was losing his way instead of maintaining his usual trademark.
A fan suggested that if Zhakata wanted to turn to gospel, then he should do so and not continue singing in bars.
Responding to the queries on the sidelines of the gig, the Mugove singer said his music had not changed.
“I have always been a religious person and I had always been singing gospel music although most people thought it was just social commentary,” Zhakata said.
“The type of music that I have been singing in the past always had a gospel connotation to it and it seems some may not have realised. Nothing has changed really.”
As if to give credence to Zhakata’s claims, revellers had the time of their lives as they danced the night away.
Fans were kept on their feet throughout excluding the few that took the time to listen carefully to the music. Zhakata performed both old and new songs like Dhonza Makomborero, which proved to be most popular among revellers.