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DrumBeat With Godwin Muzari: Well done, Zhakata

Metro Studios, the distributors of the album said it has surpassed expectations in its first release weeks.

Officials at the record stable said the album was still selling very well, despite being heavily pirated.

A visit to Zhakata’s shows revealed that more and more fans are yearning to have a live-show taste of the album. Those huge crowds are returning to his shows.

In pubs and records bars, the album is topping playlists and these should be adequate signs to show that Zhakata is not a spent force yet.

Maybe it has something to do with the nostalgia that had gripped his fans for over three years as they waited for the album, or the noise and haggling in which the musician was involved in as he fought with his previous record company.

Whatever the push or pull factor, the album has done very well and continues to do so.

Credit goes to Zhakata for being patient and maintaining his composure in the most trying time of his career.

Three years of waiting are obviously unbearable but patience has always paid. While there was talk of Zhakata wanting to quit music due to frustration, the musician managed to handle his situation and ensure that he does not disappoint his fans by announcing that he was hanging his guitar.

He soldiered on and now he is reaping the returns of perseverance.

That Gotwe is a masterpiece is not a secret and Zhakata’s lyrical expertise still remains unmatched. He tackles social issues and addresses topical concerns with a rich language that digs deeper to the roots of anything he decides to reflect on.

Because of his discerning lyrics, his songs have mainly been open to various interpretations, some of which have not been friendly to his career.

An analysis of his latest album would, as well, open it to many interpretations but the musician has reiterated that he does not sing politics and anything that is regarded as politically inclined is a result of misinterpretation.

However, he still maintains that his fans are free to interpret his lyrics in any way because art is versatile.

At the peak of his career — the Mugove days — Zhakata battled it out with equally gifted musicians like Thomas Mapfumo, Simon Chimbetu and Leonard Dembo.

Many other talented musicians were making waves in the industry but Zhakata, then in his mid-20s, stood his ground and made a serious mark.
It is that expertise that makes Zhakata a cut above many in the current crop of musicians.

An unfortunate victim of circumstances in which many statements were interpreted for political mileage, Zhakata had to endure a lean spell after his release Bhora Rembabvu attracted diverse interpretations.

This is a deserved return that will not only show that Zhakata is a seasoned artist but also bring relief to Zora music fans.

Rave reviews that Gotwe has received are only attempts to unpack the gem but listening to the album is the only way one can understand the level of artistry invested in this art work.

Zhakata has been loyal to his fans and he is unleashing one show after another as a way of thanking them for their support.

It has been a long time since he held commercial family shows but he looks set to reach to fans of all ages because he will be unleashing family shows beginning this afternoon when he stages a show at Charehwa Matombo is Budiriro 2.

The musician will next week go an extra mile to thank his fans in a celebratory show that is slated for Harare Gardens on August 13. The show will also feature Mercy Mutsvene, Stunner and Tryson Chimbetu.

He has his fans at heart and many should be raring to shake his hand and say: “Well done Zhakata.”

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