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    Macheso gig receives mixed feelings


    MASVINGO - Scores of entertainment enthusiasts braved last Friday's chilly weather and thronged Ritz Nite Club, in Masvingo to witness the Sungura ace, Alick Macheso, dishing-out his recently launched "Tsoka Dzerwendo" live on stage, a show that receives mixed interpretations.
    Macheso who hurdled on stage around 10pm announced his arrival with the hit, Gogogoi Pamusha Pano and went on to feed the legion of fans with hoards of his other yester-year hits before belting out tracks from his much-awaited album, launched in March this year, much later in the early hours of Saturday.
    A section of seemingly dejected revellers could be seen moving in and out to other nearby nite sports awaiting the recently launched package from the Tafadzwa Nyarara hit-maker who kept belting a litany of old hits such as Chengetai, Pertunia, Mundikumbuke, Gogoi Pamusha Pano and Shedia among others.
    Fans who spoke to The Mirror said Macheso's performances had become predictable and had dismally failed to enchant his loyal fans.
    "Macheso is a good musician, but his performances off late have become dreary. We are tired of his old songs but it looks like it is the same old story. He is now predictable though he tried to be innovative with the recently introduced dances, 'Zebra Kick' which he started to showcase last week at his 'Welcome from South Africa gig' staged at Dandaro Inn on Thursday last week and also the 'Mushikashika' dance. I don't know about the Chihuta dance which Majuice said they now have since they did not perform it but I can just conclude that his performance today (Friday May 6) was not to our expectation.," said Jimalo who claimed to have come all the way from Harare for this particular showcase.
    Charles Petros another Macheso fanatic said, "I love Macheso's music, but I miss the old Mberikwazvo bandsmen, Luck Mumbiriki, Zaka Zaka, Innocent Muzhindu, especially Franco 'Slomo' Daka whose replacement is not good enough. It looks like he (Macheso) is now in the twilight of his once bourgeoning career. I am glad though that Jonasi Kasamba is back,"
    The sungura kingpin, speaking through his publicist, Tich Makahamadze, however, vowed that it is their wish to satisfy their fans and will always try and take all criticisms with the seriousness they deserve. He also confirmed the return of Chanter and dancer Jonasi Kasamba and exceptional drummer Obert Gomba.
     "We value our beloved fans and it is always our wish to offer our best. I also wish to comment the overwhelming attendance and reception we got from our long starved fans. I am thrilled and I say to those who feel short-changed with our performance to please bear with us as we will make it up to them next time and its certain this I can assure you. I also want to confirm to you that our 'once lost brothers' are back with us, I mean Jonasi Kasamba and Obert Gomba and our relationship as a group is just as good as before," said Makahamadze.
    However, when Macheso aka 'Baba Sharo' started playing songs from the 'Tsoka dzerwendo' album the venue came to full capacity again and fans could be seen on their toes dancing and singing along. 'Mude Mude' and 'Gungwa' send the crowd wild and to the dance floor with the venue nearly exploding.
    "Macheso has managed to bring back the fortunes of Sungura with the release of his album 'Tsoka Dzerwendo'. We had missed these kinds of shows for quite a long time. I wish I could go with him to his other shows in Beitbridge today (Saturday)  and Zvishavane on Sunday," said one of the fans who only identified herself as Fatso.
    She went on to say she is looking forward to Jah Prayzah's show next week whom she said she adores more.
    Jah Prayzah is set to perform in the same venue on Friday May 14.

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