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Juju doesn’t work, claims Macheso

by Staff reporter
03 Apr 2018 at 17:32hrs | Views
SUNGURA musician Alick Macheso has broken silence on superstition and juju saying it does not work in music.

He believes time and hard work is the key to success in the industry.

Macheso was speaking during his joint show with Suluman Chimbetu at Tanza Centre in Chitungwiza last Thursday.

Macheso made the remarks while introducing Norwegian guitarist Eirik Hoff Walmsness who dazzled with the guitar leading on the musician's songs such as Charakupa.

"Iwaya dzoga idzi hapana midzi. Hanzi hee hadzibatwe, uyo angobata wani (Eirik), Zvinoda kugara pasi nekucomposer chete," he said.

The gig also saw Macheso's former guitarist Donald Gogo being 'allowed' to play the lead guitar following controversies at one the musician's shows which he allegedly ditched the stage after Gogo took the guitar.

Superstition is rife in music circles with claims that use of juju has resulted in some instrumentalists refusing to share the instruments.

Similar claims were once raised in the Suluman Chimbetu led Orchestra Dendera Kings with reports that a new guitarist nearly suffered paralysis after playing an instrument that a senior member had monopoly over.

Eirik according to Macheso is taking sungura overseas and has a catalogue of YouTube videos of his sungura mixes.

Members of Macheso's band are taking turns to heap praises on the musician which would have made other think if the singer has become a god.

It emerged the band members are praising the musician for helping them improve their lives.

First to sing praises was dancer Majuice, followed by chanter Jili, describing Macheso as invincible.

Macheso said his band is made of 27 members and he has helped his band members acquire housing stands to upgrade their lives.

The singer seemingly took a dig at former band members who he allege soiled his name, claiming to have been receiving peanuts.

"Takavatsvagira pasi, zvirinani kutatarika nekuvaka asi pasi paripo. Wozonzwa zvichinzi hee hapana chataiwana," he said.

Several members have quit Macheso's ship among them Innocent Mjintu, Franco Slomo, Donald Gogo, Tafi Nyamunda and Obert Gomba.

The likes of Jonas Kasamba and Noel Nyazanda once left and later re-joined the band after unsuccessful fortunes at their formed Etxtra Kwazvose.

The veteran instrumentalist said he believes in assisting others and he was also helped in his upbringing.

"Ndakabatsirwawo saka handirwadziwi nekubatsirawo vamwe vachirikusimuka," he said.

Macheso could not contain his emotions, introducing ailing sungura singer Tedious Matsito's son on stage.

"Mwana wamukoma Tedious Muchapedza Matsito, anonzi Muchapedza, ndakamuti huya ndimbofamba newe," he said.

The young Muchapedza was given an opportunity to sing two songs for the huge crowd who responded positively and also gave him money on stage.

Macheso even ordered his security personnel to ensure the youngster's safety.

Source - hmetro