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Macheso fights shadows on new album

Alick Macheso  is not known for being pompous or showering himself with praise like some of his counterparts.

Drum Beat with Godwin Muzari

One of his well-known strengths is meekness that complements his talent and endears him with his legion of fans. He is a down-to-earth artist who can mingle with his fans in any part of the country without any problem.

On most instances when he was compared to the late Tongai Moyo, people saw Macheso as a man of the people while Moyo was said to be showy.

Moyo was regarded as a pompous character because of the way he carried himself socially and the various phrases and names he coined to praise himself.

Moyo called himself Murozvi Mukuru, Mopao Mokonzi, Father Flower and Muridzi Wenyaya among other self-praise titles.

In Macheso’s camp, that job was left to his lieutenant Jonas Kasamba who, in the rhumba style, would cheer his boss on stage and in the studio.

On titles of his previous albums like Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, Vapupuri Pupurai, Ndezvashe-eh and Zvinoda Kutendwa, Macheso connotatively gave credit for his success to his fans and God. The titles of his albums depict his feelings at the different phases of his career.

On the song Charakupa off Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, Macheso actually sings: “…isu hazvisi zvedu, chedu kubvonga chete, kana tabvonga togadzika vanodya vodya, kushata kana nhapitapi vachadudzira ivo” (we do not judge our works but we leave it to the audience to give the verdict.)

Self-praise runs through lyrics

On his latest album Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure), Macheso changes tone. He becomes very defensive and takes it upon himself to tell his fans that he has seen it all.

The title of the album literally translates to “we have come a long way”. The focus is on his experience and talent. The recurrent message in his songs reflects the title.

This is a diversion from Macheso’s usual stance of letting others do the praise-singing. Some of the lyrics on the new album seem to be targeted on a perceived competitor or enemy.

On the track Kutsvaga Chiremba Macheso says his group created dances that are now common. He declares: “…borrowdale tisu takatanga nayo, chikopokopo tisu takatanga nacho, razor wire tisu takatanga nayo, slomo tisu takatanga nayo, zorai butter tisu takatanga nayo.” [we are the founders of borrowdale, chikopokopo, razor wire, slow motion and zorai butter dances]. However, the origins of “borrowdale” and “slow motion” dances have been subject to debate.

Franco “Slomo” Dhaka claims he founded “slow motion” dance and popularised it at other platforms many years before joining Macheso.

Popular sungura dancer Manyowa (real name Bata Sinoio), who worked with the late John Chibadura, says he created the “borrowdale” dance long before Macheso left Khiama Boys to form Orchestra Mberikwazvo.

Macheso’s emphasis on tisu [we are] on this track could remind people of petty feuds among young local musicians where phrases like tisu takaipa, tisu mashark, tisu tineyese, and tisu vacho [we are the bad boys, we are sharks, we know everything, we are real] are common.

These youngsters excessively praise themselves to discredit each other and it would be unimaginable to say Macheso intends to do the same.

On the song Chipo [gift/talent] Macheso says a God-given talent cannot be taken away by human beings. He says: “panekutaura kunzvenga chokwadi zvinova zvisingadiwi…..hachigonekwi, hachikoneswe, hachishaye kundiso pano neapo..” [avoiding the truth is prohibited…it (talent) cannot be stopped and it will triumph here and there].

On the song Chirimuruoko, Macheso sings: “…usafurirwe, mukoma mukoma chete, mukuru mukuru chete, hanga haigare pfunde, tisu takabva neko.” [do not be misled, you can never beat your seniors, we have come all the way].

Macheso once used a similar tone on the song Murondatsimba from the album Vapupuri Pupurai when he sang about copycats.
He bitterly rebuked them but later realised his mistake and stopped playing the song at live shows.

Now, he seems to be getting carried away again. It is not clear who he is fighting but his obvious intention is to remind people that he is the best in the sungura genre.

Some have suggested that he feels threatened by Sulumani Chimbetu, but that is highly unlikely, considering their different levels of experience and maturity.

In my view, there is no need for Macheso to labour in trying to give his fans proof that he is good when it is widely believed that he is the king of sungura.

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56 Responses to Macheso fights shadows on new album

  1. O Moyo December 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Macheso is just stupid,uneducated and dangerous thus why his band members leave him he is full if himself.

    • Tapinda Tapinda December 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      You are misinformed that Macheso is uneducated because he did went to school and he is able to read and to write. Whilst some have to go to the college music to be taught music, Macheso never went there and is best of them all. In any case, what has music got to do with education? If I may ask, what education are you talking about? With your education what i have achieved for yoursel in life? nothing. So my friend shut up the nonsense. Mr Reporter stop the hate. Macheso is good and you cannot tell him what to sing and what not to sing.

      • baba vajuliet December 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

        my brother macheso sings for the ppl of zimbabwe not yu only.if he sings for us to buy let us desclose our views.macheso is un educated and i can proof to yu that.bieng unducated and bieng eliterate is not the same.macheso can read and write but is not educated.he shows this by the nomadication of his members.singing the song murondatsimba.keeping on repeating the satanic sings despite the warnings.bieng pombous and a lot of stupit staff like bieng the guru.leonrd dembo ,zhakata might be the best.

        • tony December 17, 2012 at 10:23 am #

          hahaha look whose talking cant even spell ‘signs’ and u talking education, r u saying if he was educated band members wouldnt leave him? be serious

        • tapinda tapinda December 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

          You are educated but how many girlfriends left you? You cannot even write proper spellings and you claim you are educated. STUPID.

      • Chiketa simbarashe December 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

        Chakanaka chakanaka zvacho mukaka haurungwe,macheso is never challenged by any musicians especially those who plays sungura.macheso has a God given talent because no one can doubt his music,considering what people says about his level of education,macheso anozvigonera veduwe.

    • Tony Chamvari December 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      Only a moron can think that talent has got anything to do with education. Many successful musicians have a minimum of education, that has not stopped them dominating in their field. Leonard Dembo was a great musician without secondary education. Alick Macheso, the best selling musician of all times in Zimbabwe, has been at the top since 1999. Despite the wishes of many, who do not like him, his position has not been threatened by anyone. Having built his career on a siege mentality, he is not about to let his most important drive slip away. The more his detractors shout about his waning prowess, the more it reinforces that siege mentality. This can only be good because when he is driven he is light years away from the so called competition. There are those who don’t like him and bury their heads in sand deluding themselves that he is not talented. Well I have a news flash for you, he is very talented, and he is not going anywhere. You can continue to get hot under the collar, or you can surrender to the music. Play the music…..

      • tapainda tapinda December 10, 2012 at 10:13 am #

        Hate him or like him, Macheso is good. Tsvangirai knows it, Robert Mugabe knows it and Arhtur Mutambara knows it too. I have a copy of the CD and there is no where Macheso is praising himself. Saying “tisu takatanga nawo” is different from saying “ndini ndakatanga nawo”. It therefore means that Macheso is appreciating the contribution of others that he worked with directly or indirectly for the birth of all the dances that can be identified with Mberikwazvo not Macheso. Manyowa may have started the dance but there is no scientific evidence to prove it but as far as the name Borrodale dance is concerned Macheso says “tisu takatanga nayo” not ndini ndakatanga nayo. Mr journalist, dont abuse The Standard to settle your scores with the King of Sungura. I myself am educated with 2 bachelors degrees, 3 post graduate diplomas and 2 Masters degrees but I respect Macheso for his talent because he is good and inimitable. Again Macheso is not fighting shadows. That is your opinion and not a fact. You must not therefore use The Standard to publicise your opinion and unfounded, malicious statements. Where in the songs do we hear Macheso attacking Suluman Chimbetu? Where you paid by Suluman to write this rubbish so that you have ammunition to build a case against Macheso. Chipo chake hamungachigoni…Mr Journalist please go back to school because kuverenga kwacho haugooni. The new album does not have a song inonzi “Chipo” but rather “Zvipo”. Macheso anogona kuridza guitar because ndiro rakadzidza. Iwe urikutadza kuverenga asi urikuti he -he-he ndakaenda kuchikoro.

        • ballack 13 December 13, 2012 at 5:55 am #

          Mdara madziya macheso hapana paakati ndini akati tisu kureva (pamwe vaimbi vese) or (group rake ) bt chokwadi hachisanduke vakavenga macheso vakutambisa tym yavo

    • lemza December 11, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      do you realise they have come back

    • Rute December 11, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      Macheso anozikanwa na president one of the most highly educated leaders in the world, Iwe unoti Macheso is an uneducated fool wakambomhoreswa na Mugabe. You are stupid coz wakaita chikoro asi hapana paunozikanwa, so pls shut up you have no right yekutaura Macheso like that. You are an educated fool yourself, kana usingamufarire siyana naye kwete kurutsa kutaura.Abudirira isu chero akaimba zvisinganakidze tinomuda chete tichazora butter chete.

      • Tafadzwa December 14, 2012 at 12:22 am #

        Cheso munogona chete munhu mutema agara aine maJERASI,haaaaaaaaaah ndosaka muchishupika

    • lemza December 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      you mean u dont they have come back

  2. tim December 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    He ndini king of sungura its our job mafuns kwete kuzvigadza macheso anozvikudza agar a akadaro but vamwe vano mupa manyemwe kuti akapenga but the truth is anopenga u a not king of sungura you a now talking to much coz vazhinji vakatanga sungura vakafa.

  3. kuhwereketa kwatakura December 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    malume kana taguta nechikafu chaMacheso apakura todya tonakirwa hee haanakudzidza wakambonyorawo shona yakafanana neye munyasarande uyu here iwe hauone kuti ane degree reshona saka kusadzidza kwacho kuripapi .mbuya vako chaivo havagone kududzira imwe shona yaanonyora .iwe repoter une manyemwe why uchiratidza divi u hate macheso kunge akadya sadza kumbakwenyu imindimi munorwisanisa vaimbi kuti muwane zvekunyora .macheso idhara makaita basa vamaMacheso zvamapakura zviri kuzipa Noel mutsaiwee tifambenayo

  4. baba December 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Kusadzidza kana kudzidza hazviridzi gitare baba sharo isu tinotenda basa renyu tarida. Vegodo muchagodoka isu tichienda mberi nesungura

  5. Elvis December 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Macheso iz th best.lets respect him paagona mupembedzeiyo.zoraaaaa

  6. Elvis December 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Leave macheso alone.respect tha king of sungura

    • Ali December 31, 2012 at 6:07 am #

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  7. macheso z the king. leave him alone. doz wu claim kut ndivo vakatanga nema dance ayo ngavaende kunofa coz dai macheso asipo tisingamazivi. vana franco ngavachigadzira mamwe madance zve tione... December 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    famba kochekera clipper. thumbs up to macheso

  8. norman December 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Reporter munekurwadziwa naMacheso imi. Heee haana kudzidza ko iwe mese nababa vako makadzidza makaitei. Macheso anogona siyana naye kana usingamudi jus keep yr mouth shut kwete kutinyangadza nezvekupenga izvi

  9. Ruebydash107 December 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Dofo idofo. Alick Phiri apera uyu. Yangova signpost inoti beware of the dogs idzo dzakadya muchetura dzikafa kare.

  10. chen. December 10, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    let’s accept kuti zvipo zvinosiyana and , one man’s meat is another man’s poison.

  11. Norman Shoniwa December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Machero idhara siyanai naye amana shuwa ungarwadziwe nechipo chemumwe kana wazvimbirwa naMadhawu chingovata zve.Big up Cheso Power .

  12. Norman Shoniwa December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Macheso idhara siyanai naye amana shuwa ungarwadziwe nechipo chemumwe kana wazvimbirwa naMadhawu chingovata zve.Big up Cheso Power .

  13. mboswo December 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    i don’t understand you reporter because you cant rate best on something you don’t know let macheso give us what we deserve and you can rate mugabe`s speech music is not your office. did macheso ask you to give percentage of his work done, leave him alone ni khouri bora na rine ngeno venda south Africa

  14. Stan December 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Muzari, I beg to differ. You guys like to find issues with Macheso’s lyrics all the time:

    1. Did he tell you that he realised his mistake and stopped playing Murondatsimba – I’m sure your answer is No. Fact is that Spencer and co were copying his chords, now after spending so much time creating them, I can understand the man being hurt.

    2. Sulu has a song which is saying ‘wauri kufamba naye inyoka…’, he’s speaking to Tryson, saying Macheso is a snake.

    3. Have you thought that Sean TIMBA is actually Tryson, i.e. Sekuru DHIMBA – madimikira aya.

    4. You can’t compare Sulu to Macheso, if Macheso feels that Sulu is disrespecting him, he has a right to tell him in song.

    5. Sulu is now realising his financial hole, hence asking Macheso in front of the chaunga at Jazz 105 to stage a show with him (mbudzi kuzvarira pavanhu).

    6. How does Sulu threaten him, look at Sulu’s videos on youtube right now and tell me how big a crowd he was playing for in the UK, compare to Macheso’s crowds in November.

    Thanks, Muzari.

    • tapinda tapinda December 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Well said my brother. This “Syllabus” project is an effort of Suluman Chimbetu, Solo Makore and Allan Chimbetu. These guys have teamed up to destroy Tryson but they will fail because he is the best. Its foohardy to compare the three with Macheso. He is the best and you cannot deny it. What did Suluman, Allan and Solo Makore “invent” except building their empire on what Simon “invented”? We will write books about what Macheso invented.

  15. lemza December 11, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    you v said all

  16. Dhimba December 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Sulu = Malice
    mfana mudiki zvakadai kuromba, kurovesa mwana wababa vako ne airforce ari pastage! aha ihii

  17. chamu December 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Lana uchida macheso hazvina kuipa Lana uchidawo Sulu zvakanaka futi coz Raj verse vasina zvipo zvekuimba tisingavazive yes macheso has talent but haasi eg a vakawanda vane talent even sulu anarowo l know the Sean Tim as will say ndezvababa vake but were are the other sons of the legends?sulu is a hard worker mufana uyu amotivetor to all the young sons of the legends

  18. ballack 13 December 13, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    Pese pano budisa va Macheso haapashaikwe vanotaurisa kudzidza kana kusadzidza hazvimutadzise kuimba izvozvo vanozviita vakadzidza vacho munei tichienzanisa namacheso kudzidza kuita kuti uzoita mari kana mariyacho unayo sava Macheso kudzidza akadzidza cz anezvakawanda zvausina iwe repoter nedzinza rako rese saka vhara karomo kako siya mdara ayite zvinhu zvake

  19. Kochekera December 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Zvipo zvinosiyana veduwee, Macheso ane chake chokufadza voruzhinji burikidzo nekuimba. zvakare hapana doubt he is leading sungura music.siyai the Kingvashandise chipo chavo kani kana zvakunetsai endai mundohodha mabanana mutengese nxaaa

  20. Gobho December 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    macheso mushauri iwe uri repota.marepota makauraya Dhewa nhasi maa kuda alick.opinions and facts are different so dont jus publish yo opinions rupota.macheso ane pfuma yakabva pagita.nyange akaridza gita achiseka i dance kusvika moyo yevavengi yamira.kana vanhu vasingataure nezvako hapana zvaunenge waita

  21. tboy December 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    handiteereri Chigure Macheso.

  22. solo December 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I have letest original ramacheso ndakaritenga 5R marara macheso aimbogona Karen but for this one akapoira magitare make Havana kana kurongeka se zvaaisiita this time mudhosvo daily akatoita best off pane kuita marara aya apa vamacheso vakapakura mbodza chaiyo.

  23. solo December 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I have letest original ramacheso ndakuritengasa 5R tho ndakritenga $7marara macheso aimbogona Karen but for this one akapoira magitare make Havana kana kurongeka se zvaaisiita this time mudhosvo daily akatoita best off pane kuita marara aya apa vamacheso vakapakura mbodza chaiyo.

  24. ambrose December 16, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Baba waSharo wanogona kusiyanisa music yavo album imweneimwe inengeyakabikwa zvakasiyana dzichinakidza. Kwandiri ndakanakidza ichi chipo ichi, ndezvashe eh

  25. ambrose December 16, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    Baba waSharo wanogona kusiyanisa music yavo album imweneimwe inengeyakabikwa zvakasiyana dzichinakidza. Kwandiri ndakanakidzwa ichi chipo ichi, ndezvashe eh izvi ingaakadaro wani thanks Machoso wakagona vakabva kure zveshuwa.

  26. shumba December 16, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    macheso z gud n his own way! Lets just listen and enjoy. Sulu z gud n his own way,so why trying to raise listeners ears so that they can hear nonsense from gud music. Unoda kuponeswa iwe reporter

  27. shinkaz December 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Macheso idhara kunyangwe akatadza sei handiregi kuteerera music yake and dnt compare Macheso na Sulu achiri mwana mudiki baba vake vakafa vasina kana kusvika pastage yaMacheso

  28. danzo December 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    mazokwidza macheso uya ndege yemashanga kuti kuimba kwaiita makore gumi nerimwe akakunda SIMON APA MANYEPA SIMON WAS IN THE SAME GROUP NADEMBO for macheso haafe akasvika panasimon musanyebe,

  29. wawacha December 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Rhino nerinouya iGore raSULU

  30. AGAIAFATA ANADAHALAOAVAUA December 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm #


    • tapinda tapinda December 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      Iwe! you are not forced to listen to his music. Kana ari marara siyana nayo. isu tichairidza kusvikira warwadziwa.

  31. patmat December 18, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    mukuru mukuru hanga haigare pfunde. like him or hate him, it doesn’t change anything; Macheso idhara chete. thatz y all the noise, he is a great man, live with it!!

  32. solo December 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Macheso aigona Karen Apera apera cheteRangova zita shuwa¡

  33. Blessing Ngwaru December 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Chero ndikapihwa blank disc richingonzi rabva kuna Macheso chete i wl buy it ndongorigadzika zvangu mumba.So far handifunge kuti in e next 20 yrs pachaita achakwikwidza Macheso.

  34. lufuno December 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Leave macheso alone, the king of sungura. We love him even here in south africa. Phanda na Macheso Phandaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!

  35. chamu December 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    I don’t see the reason of comparing them macheso, Sulu, Tyson verse vanogona ende vanonakidza music is there kuvaraidza vanhu kwete kupesanisa vanhu is tisu today kukonzeresa nyaya pavaimbi vedu they are all talented.

  36. onismo chitemerere December 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    inga mese maka zora butter wanii vamwe muka bururuka muchirova dendera denderaa so chose whats ryt fo yu guys i beg yu woooooo

  37. joe January 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    vanoti macheso irombe, ngavaridze dzavo dzenyu tinzwe. empty vessels make the most noise.

  38. joe January 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    vanoti macheso irombe, ngavaridze dzavo tinzwe. empty vessels make the most noise.

  39. モンクレール January 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    I carry on listening to the newscast talk about receiving boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the best site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i acquire some?

  40. arshiel January 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    i dont think its wise to vilify macheso calling him uneducated it is a fact that the man made it only up to grade 3 but u need to understnt his background he grew up on a farm never knew his father his mother was a farmwrker i am sure if he had a better background he would have loved to go further wth hos edctn. Be that as it may we need to ackwldg his immense contrbtn to music he has made so far. However i also feel that his latest albm is substndard u wonder wether it was recorded in a proper studio they is no music engineerng that was done the mixing is bad not to mention if they was a producer at all

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