Madzibaba a torch bearer in arts: Mavima

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Nicholas “Madzibaba” Zakaria strums the guitar as his dance group takes to the floor at the launch of his album Musabvunda

BY AGATHA CHUMA

PUBLIC Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Paul Mavima has described veteran sungura singer Nicholas “Madzibaba” Zakaria as an artiste who has proved to be a torch bearer in the arts sector.

Mavima made the remarks as the guest of honour when Madzibaba, also known as the Senior Lecturer, launched his five-track album titled Musabvunda at Sahwira Events and Lifestyle Hub on Saturday night.

“I want to thank the Zakaria family and Khiama Boys for helping him in his musical journey. The nation enjoys and remembers your (Zakaria) music because of its lyrics that unite, entertain and speak to the social arena. We appreciate it,” he said.

“Madzibaba Zakaria has an amazing personality which others do not have. He is showing us the way through his professionalism and consistency.”

Speaking at the same launch, Madzibaba thanked guests for attending the event.

“As you all know, most people call me senior Lecturer and I accept that. I just want to thank you all for attending his launch,” he said.

“To everyone who is in this place, thank you for making me realise that I have a great and big family which has come to support me by launching this album Musabvunda.”

Zakaria said the title of his album, Musabvunda, meant people should not be afraid.

“Taking into consideration that I have reached 66 years and I am still going shows that the Lord loves me. My message to people is that they should keep trusting God all the time and not tremble because he is with us all the time,” he
said.

It was double delight for Madzibaba as he also celebrated his belated 66th birthday together with the guests in style.

He later staged a performance and people danced the night away.

The songs on the album, with a message of hope and faith, are Pasi Rachema, NdiJesu, Alamu, Pedyo naMwari and Mabasa.

The launch was graced by a number of guests who included Braveman “Baba Harare” Chizvino, who shared the stage with the birthday boy.

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