Mixed feelings over Zhakata’s album

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
Own Correspondent

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.

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35 Comments

  1. wat he has done is so far gud coz it means his fans wl b born again

  2. mumwenemumwe anekodzero yokuyimba zvaanoda.do no interfere.

  3. Vagoni stars did a better project than LKZ.

    1. zhakata is brand cannot be compared to small groups like vagoni stars

    2. Mussi Muzi weZora

      You are lying and u know it, or u just don’t know

  4. who said gospel songs should not be performed in bars????? you preach o save the lost sheep and being in a bar does not mean you are not religious….

  5. vapfanha vakasara ava,Vagoni stars ndo chinyii ichocho,dhonza makomborero zvinhu zvako zviendeke

  6. Yes I totally agree that Vagoni Stars did a better project than LKZ. Only that they have not made a name (MuZim – zita ndiro rinotevererwa and not the output chero pasina zviripo), otherwise they produced the best product. LKZ’s new compilation is off the mark, arikutaura haasi kuimba. All songs do not reach the peak they are flat and directionless, this is not his normal self where he used to have salutation (opening), body message and then conclusion, these are missing.

    1. He concentrated too much kuimba vapfana ava (Dofo paunhu referring to Rasta). Ishe anesu -is threatening and at the same time appeal to the almighty (It is mixed up with threats and then resort to the bible) . He used some derogotary words —- Ziya kuyerera nepamupata wemusana (kana mwana akabvunza unomuudza kuti kudini ipapa). Threatening vapfana ava again “Gore rino ndakabata tsvimbo yaMoses, ndakapiwa masimba nababa Abraham, really so he now have the powers given to him (By whoever gave him) to deal with his adversaries – Ukabata changu uchandiona (Bvunzai vari kumusha kuti zvinorevei), these from a person who wants to sing gospel is unholy. Gospel music should be preaching about peace, harmony and reconciliation, these are not found anyway in his offering. So he now has the powers, and these were tested at some stage , it is known and the test was successful. ZORA fans should tell this guy the truth and this might build him up otherwise he is destined for disaster.

  7. Makandiwana is offering him more money for advertising his Church, money talks varume, so he has to do what ever he is told, remember they is no much money in selling records anymore, the only money in Music these days is from shows.

    1. Yes you are right Nomsa but it seems he is the only one benefiting otherwise other band members are walloping in poverty, the show attendance is pathetic as well. Fans are trying to make him relevant by conniving to vote on radio stations

  8. zvinoita we know that you are one the pioneers of the vagoni stars project which never saw the light of the day,kushaikwa nekupiracy chaiko so u a bitter man.zhakata murume wangu hapana anomuwisira pasi.jethro tokuziva

  9. Zhakata akabva kare achiimba gospel its only kuti vamwe vanotorera music mudenga vasina kubva pasi nayo. Keeeeeeep on zhakata but I would like to say dzoka mbichana pa zola tune like vana hodho and udza vamwe tune so great

  10. I love LKZ but on the latest offering vagoni stars had a better project. The boy only failed 2 market their album.

  11. Jethro Magwati Chakauya

    Captain pawati Jethro apo irikubvira ini here ndisati ndaenda mberi newe.

  12. solomon mutyoraringa

    LEONARD ZHAKATA ANONDIGONERA ZVISINGAITE.IKODZERO YAKO MUNHU KUSARUDZA NZIRA YAUNODA CHERO USINGAKANGANISE KODZERO DZEVAMWE.KUTUKWA NEKUSHORWA KUNGAUYA ASI CHATINOFANIRA KUZIVA KUTI UMWE NEUMWE WEDU ANEMUVENGI NEANOMUFARIRA.INI PAZORA NDAKATONAMATIRA SECHIKWEKWE.

  13. my username is zvinoiita and not zvinoita zvako izvo Captain. Siyana naJethro uyo and deal with me. Put your facts bare and not name calling typical of empty vessels. Kana uri mukadzi waLKZ is that a fact yekuti this offering was not his standard. Saka LKZ ane vakadzi vangani musada kufumura hapwa paforum nyaya dziri mudariro tsve nezvealbum wava kutiudza kuti murume wako saka. Priracy ndiko kumarket ka, I repeat Vagoni Stars produced a better product than this Zvangu Zvaita thing. Facts facts Captain and not speculations and accusing vamwe vanhu, sangana nenyaya.

    1. Mussi Muzi weZora

      Ndeapi akaburitswa ne Vagoni Stars, iye zvino varipi ???

  14. Hehe Zhakata unoimba zvenhamo chete. Oimba zvehope mochema. I like guiter works on dofo pahunhu, zvangu zvaita, dollar boy and wakarmira vamwe….Ziso rangu ndakutuma…..Chapter yerudo. Unozvigona here Macheso or Sulu izvi? Zhakata has his weaknesses. Plenty esp pamarketing

    1. Mussi Muzi weZora

      Zhakata kwakumberi

  15. @Zvinoiita. What do you say of all the people who danced the night away when Zhakata performed in Marondera. What do you say of people who buy his album and it runs out each time he is selling the copies of the album.

    Your comments are full of hate. But why nhai? You can not compare these minors to seasoned musicians like Zhakata. Zhakata is going to rise up more in clear view of you. To avoid stress and finally stroke please join and support him. NOTE: THE VOICE OF THE POOR CAN NOT BE RESPECTED. IF YOU WANT YOUR PROJECT TO BE GREAT DONT FIGHT ZHAKATA, INSTEAD CURTAIN RAISE IN ALL HIS SHOWS. THAT WAY YOU WILL BE WISE. CRITICIZING SOMEONE IS A SURE WAY OF TAKING THAT PERSON UP. THAT FREE ADVERTISING FOR HIM!!!!

  16. @Advisor, you are directing your advice to the wrong person (anyway those in it will take it if it could be of help). Comparing albums does not mean owning a project, who said it is my project? The two albums Zvangu Zvaita and Mubiki wazvose are the ones in question here, and have listened to both, Mubiki wazvose is far much better than Zvangu Zvaita and I gave my reasons above, where are yours. Dancing all night in an entertainment starved town, did they have the choice, how many copies are supplied to the outlets (5) that are running out, if the sales were this high as you portray, we could be seeing some big things happening ( I am not hearing it played anywhere so where are the copies going).

    I gave my free advice, salutation, body and conclusion that is that Zhakata that I know, then if he wants gospel let it be peaceful, harmony and reconciliatory and not this “Nhaka uchandiona thing” it is not holy, get it.

  17. muchinda arwadziwa uyu haazive kuti zhakata mupfana muhombe. vagoni stars ndiani nhai?

  18. Adandaura kangoma kake mwana kuti vanozvifarirra vagowanawo chivaraidzo moti sika sika kushoropodza munorweiko

    Tisiyei takadaro tidhonze makomborero. kikiki imi itai zveVagoni stars venyu ivavo, period

  19. Mkoma vakagona, tinoda kutendeuka. who said mubhawa hamuridzwe gospel? ko zvatiri kungotamba SUNGANO wani kuma gig uko. Pamberi naBishop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. LKZ is a star…musanyeperwe

  21. Iwe zvaiita unenge unopenga chete. Kana munhu akaimba kuti uchandiona anenge aita unholy how. Anenge achireva kuti he will win in the name of Jesus. Imba zvako zvinemusoro tinzwe. Usatinyaudza plz. Nyarara.

  22. Anadzo anzwa asinavo achanzwa. Anyunyuta achafara zvake ndekufamba kwenguva. Anotuka achatukwavo ndaenda ini next topic iyi yaora iyi, sarai netsvimbo yaMoses, muchitsemura gungwa nepakati,

  23. Zhakata is always the bigdude,akaimba Ariko,ko gomba ramarara,igospel ipi yamunoda kunzwa,nhasi nokuti makandiwa ane mbiri moda kunzwei.His true fans realy knows nd cn spread a good message abt Lkz anogona.
    Dollar boy

  24. Jeftah K Muchini

    Vamwe vanhu kufunga kushoma ndimi maitaurwa kuti musaite ‘Dofo pahunhu’ ndazviona.Munhu akakwana chaiye anga compare Lkzee neVagoni stars?Ko iro zita rokuti Vagoni stars vakariwana kupi.Anditi vakange vatozviti Vagoni Vebasa at first Lkzee akazovatsiura nokuti vaitora zita ravasina kushandira uye realbum yavasina kuridza.Vakadini kutsvaga zita risinei nezvaLkzee mukati kuti tioneka panotangira ushasha hwavo.Iro album racho ramunotaura kana muroad chaimo hatisati tamboriona yet munoda kuri compare naZvangu Zvaita rakazara nyika yose.
    Isu veZora hatidi zvedu kucompare Zhakata nevaimbi variko mazuva ano nokuti ari kumberi kwavose.

  25. once came to sunset ntclub in kuwadzana during his haydays.he shunned the club saying the stage was too small for him .but now masango aoma ndimo maave kupota achiridzira

  26. Well, i have seen ‘camps’ in these comments. All it points to me is that Zhakata has done something. Others feel its worth liking and others, feel otherwise. If i was him, i would keep on singing the way he just did. To me, its a sure sign of progress against strongly resisting environment (piracy, audience and so on…..

  27. I am a hardcore Zhakata fan but I found his latest offering far below standard. I dont mind the message just the instrumentation and the vocals failed me I could not play the album twice.

  28. aaaaaaah ndokunzi veteran hakasi kekutanga tichinzi tatadza asi tinoenderera mberi…….vagoni jst like mumwe aimbonzi badie manyasi tinokushuvirai rombo rakanaka!

  29. zvinoita uchakasara l cn see u a bitter man ,does t needs zita kuridza music.we have jah praizer today he was unknown two years ago ,anga asina zita bt akakwanisa kupinda pashasha today he was amongst the best kumuchato wefirst family together with sulu and the king lkzee.zhakata kwakumberi dats why he was invited by the first family to perform at their daughters day,zvangu zvaita is a gem dhonza ndiyo yakonzeresa.ukaona piracy ichiramba mhanzi woziva kuti uchiri kure.zvipo zvinobva kuna mwari nt vana zvinoita .tokuzivai munochinja mazita.zoraa mzimbabwe ,zora kuvanhu.soon he wil be rleasing the other album sununguka feel free.he wanted to release it in december together with the gospel zvangu zvaita which carries the ht dhonza,go to his shows dzakutoridzwa come july muchasvotwa mukazvirega cz zora yatoipa manje.

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