Leonard Zhakata still in the game

WHILE some critics have long written him off, the zora maestro has never ceased to be an excellent performer.

BY DANIEL BEREJENA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Dhonza Makomborero, the song that influenced the title of Leonard Zhakata’s latest project, Zvangu Zvaita, has stormed to the summit of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s National FM weekly Top 20 hits, and could be there for a while judging by the way it is being played in kombis and other places.

Another song from the same album, Dollar Boy, rose to number three on Radio Zimbabwe’s weekly top hits.

Zhakata was the centre of attraction at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex in August 2012 when he shared the stage with Alick Macheso, Energy Mutodi and Mukudzeyi Mukombe, aka Jah Prayzah, leading to some media coming up with headlines such as Zhakata steals show in Chitungwiza. The musician gave a splendid performance at the 2013 closedown show where he shared the stage with Macheso, Peter Moyo and Progress Chipfumo.

Zhakata has in the past cited politicisation of his music through misinterpretation as the reason why fans had deserted him.

He did not feature at most national events that were organised at the turn of the millenium, especially after the release of Hodho, an album that contained a song that people thought talked about the political playing field which was skewed in favour of the then ruling party.

He started featuring in the national musical events after 2010, but had not really re-gained lost ground. Zhakata opened 2014 on a high note, bringing to his open show at Jazz 105 other musicians such as Sulumani Chimbetu and Chipfumo, among others.

In the last few years, Zhakata has helped a good number of up-coming musicians take off, some of whom are stars in the making.

These include Sebastian Magacha who has re-done his old hit Gomba Remarara into a new song Kwekuturira, which is set to be released early in the year.

In 2012, Zhakata was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of a newly formed charity, the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust and is expected to work with other musicians to record an album to promote the development of school libraries in Zimbabwe.

In Zvangu Zvaita, Zhakata seems to have regained his lost glory. The album is reportedly one of the best-selling album in Zimbabwe at the moment.

His invitation to participate at the wedding of the First Family’s daughter Bona Mugabe last week could suggest that his music is once again popular.

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47 Comments

  1. Driden Kunaka

    Well done Zora chief.

  2. Tabeth Makwera

    The best.

  3. Well done LKZee, u’re always the best and like wine u’re improving with age. There is always a time that all people appreciate and cherish the good work, look at Tuku

  4. The music from LKZee is just something else! Well done mufundisi!

  5. charles tinevimbo nyamujara

    zhakata has always been on top,ts just dat the media was putting a blind eye on him.zvangu zvaita is masterpiece ,dhonza and dollar boy kwakumberi zora muzimbabwe zora kuvanhu

  6. write him off at yo own risk. ………

  7. Chirandu11 Wekure

    Baba Chamu ndizvo!

  8. Sekuru Chokocha

    Karikoga Leonard Zhakata’s did not disappoint with his latest release. Zvangu Zvaita has some powerful numbers such as Dhonza Makomborero, Dofo Pahunhu and Chapter Yerudo. Keep it up Zora man!

  9. mubikira inondibatabata thats my best song

  10. well done baba Chamu you are always my favorite

  11. Zora is da best of da best,zhakata is da living legend i love that man keep da music burning …………..

  12. zora z simply the best, jst that this man is a victim of cruel sabotage. ini ndiri hwayana mumana muno asi ndoitwa mutaranganya mbudzi yengozi, ndofirei zoraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  13. Newsday publish my posts ah

  14. ZORA fan for life. VaZhakata makaipa!!!!

  15. Hahahaha Newsday. You had to publish this handiti? I also contributed to your call “Who is the best musician in Zimbabwe” on Facebook. You saw how LKZ was competing with the Tukus, Dembos and the Mukanyas?

  16. with the covering of the man of god prophet e makandiwa you wont go wrong son of the prophet
    as expected well
    ldone

  17. Daniel Berejena thank you for such a great piece, ndivo vanyori vatinoda kip it high!
    Kana Tapiwa Flowers ndi Dollar Boy Sweetman paghetto

  18. LKZeeeee my best ever

  19. Thank very much newsday for yo support to Karikoga Leonard Zhakata who is the best musician ever to be produced in Zimbabwe. Dollar boy is just a masterpiece, not forgetin dhonza makomborero, dofo pahunhu and rutendo kunashe. God bless u Moyondizvo. We are wth u thru thick and thin. To atha media i can say dont surpress murume uyu coz he has a talent from God

  20. wattsopeter@rocketmail.com

    living legend like tuku,mukanya,nicholas but you got one above the rest you are a serious composer man i salute you.your compositions are amaizing wena ,i think you need teach the young stars to write proper compositions rather than concentrating chanting vulgar and making a lot of serious noise,kupera.
    i salute you once again mr zhakata.

  21. solomon mutyoraringa

    ZHAKATA NDOKUTI VAGONI VEBASA.KEEP T UP M HUNDRED PERCENT BEHIND UUUUU

  22. Wilson Abraham Chabuka

    Zhakata haana kumbobvira apera mhani imi ndimi maive mati apera muzvimapepa zvenyu haiwaho!!!!!!!!!

  23. Ndohwa gazi kumhanya mhanya muviri wangu wose ndahwa gwake gumbo mkomana uyu. Gwana gwani gungati poto imbishi iyo yabvongwa nababa vaChamu ini ndahwesha ndazvikonewa kuzvitaura

  24. shasha kune vanepfungwa kwete vehutsinye

  25. lkzee isimbi yebasa akomana, zvangu zvaita is a masterpiece .songs like chapter yerudo,ishe anesu,dollarboy n dhonza mablessings haana kumira mushe.keep it up zora music expression!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. He hz owez bin e best………….Kip e flag high mdara. Yo muzuk hz inspiired me.

  27. Well done Leonard Karikoga Zhakata!!!

  28. Naizvozvo tinoenda mberi chinosara inhoroondo handei hande naye

  29. Elliot weZORA Tambura

    Zora music spread the message it is about love peace and harmony justice and frness

    nhaka mwenje wandinawo wakazodzwa ukabata changu wairasa ( Ishe Anesu)

  30. Ndinorohwa nehana hupenyu vamwe vanhu kafungiro rudziiko kavanako

  31. Zvangu zvaita vadikani pembererera .ndaisichemera nyasha keep it up Baba Chamu chakanaka ngachiuye muzvakanaka chakaipa mira mira gona kuchikunda.

  32. Ndinorohwa nehana hupenyu hwevanhu,mafungiroo rudziiiko………singing…hoyo mubvunzo-wakaitei…zvingani zvinoitika muchadenga umo…..setinoziva setinogonaaa

    hatineti nekuzvirova matundundu….Zhakata is the lead and he also lives a humble life….baba zhakata zvaazvinhu

  33. Zhakata zvaazvinhu varume

  34. his music is good but its becoming too slow. we want fast music like donza and dollar boy thru out pliz Leonard. we are fully behind u chero ukarova akapella kikikikkkkki but tipewo kana 5 tracks dze fast beat like sepana Gotwe

  35. He is a superstar no one can match his compositions. Nyangwe vakakuzvidza Tenzi havangakurasi. Simudza mureza

  36. Zhakata haperi mose muchapera kubvira achinana Thomas Mackion waigona nanhasi unogona.Mubikira ko Mugove hapana politics asi waimba achigona.Rova goma chete

  37. Zhekson ndozvo. Herald and zbc you may hate all you like but we love him. Unogona Lenso, uri big dhara.

  38. Clemence Tatenda Chihoho

    Zvinorwadza sei kufirira pasina, wako uya araira rudo rwemumwe…(singing) ummm makarova mufundisi, handi vamwe vaiti heee Zhakata anongodemba iye zvino zvake zvaita akudhonza makomborero manje, ndozvinoita Mwari wemuporofita kuchema kwese kunopera tikaadhonza hedu makomborero, todhonza makomborero nekutendekaaaaaa

  39. “””””””Kana murimi vagoni vebasa, pangaani pamakarumbidzwa nhaai. Pangaani pamakayemurwa nhaai, ko vangani vakazoti taneta kunyengerera a!!!””””” Vanhu vakuru mhani avo

  40. Sweetman paghetto. “Ofcoz money z not prblem mhani but rambawo kuchoboka kaaa”

  41. ZORA MUSIC Z THE MAIN THING.GUD ALBUM BABA CHAMU KIP IT UP WE ARE HUNDRED PERCENT BEHIND U.WE LUV U MAN

  42. muvhimi wezora

    thanx for the great piece, dollarboy kwakumberi

  43. Zhakata never lost his touch or beat, he just went underground when he was perceived to be political rightly or wrongly. We the true fans have always stuck with him and we have been richly rewarded with Gotwe and Zvangu Zvaita.

    Makandiwa could be his downfall though…

  44. Augustine Kasirori Zora

    Rutendo kunaShe

  45. baba va Chamu zvave zvinhu…

  46. Ziso rangu ndakutuma…….iwe! But Zhakata upote uchitipa one past hit song one per album zviya zvinoitwa naTuku mhani.Muvhu mune mari mhani…..good music

  47. Zhakata is the best musician this country.has ever produced. check the records

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