Alick Macheso’s previous two albums before his recent release “Dzinosvitsa Kure” got his fans worried. Signs of diminishing competitiveness over-weighed the musician’s effort to justify his title as the sungura king.
Although Macheso tried hard to defend his imagined creativity on albums “Kwatakabva Mitunhu” and “Tsoka Dzerwendo”, results on the ground clearly showed him that he had lost something along his acclaimed music-making journey.
Meagre consolation that fans got from deliberate overdose of songs like “Mude Mude”, “Cynthia” “Macharangwanda” and “Kurarama Inyasha” during live shows fell a few inches from utter disappointment. Pathetic vocals distorted all efforts that Macheso made with his guitar wizardry.
He hammered other not-so-palatable songs from his poor albums down the throats of his fans at live shows until he realised that this brave act was gradually, but definitely bringing him down. The gold on his sungura crown was fading away.
Some attributed Macheso’s impending demise to a competition gap that was left by Tongai Moyo’s death while others cited a whirlwind personal life involving court battles with estranged wife Tafadzwa Mapako as taking their toll on the sungura king.
Theories were thrown around, but the fact remained that Macheso was no longer the same musically.
But it is uncharacteristic of kings to go down just like that. They fight to defend their thrones. And Macheso did the right thing at the right time.
He took note of signs of disapproval from his fans — some subtle, some loud — and spectacularly crafted his comeback in a package that he has titled “Dzinosvitsa Kure”.
Macheso remembered the serious ammunition he packaged in albums like “Simbaradzo” and “Zvakanaka Zvakadaro”, which emphatically won him kingship of the sungura territory, and realised he needed similar effort to avoid slipping off the throne.
Of course, “Dzinosvita Kure” cannot match “Simbaradzo” or “Zvakanaka Zvakadaro”. Those were lethal weapons that Macheso created with immense artistic rage that might not possess him again.
But “Dzinositsa Kure” will successfully defend the sungura king’s territory. In fact, it has announced the return of the king and it will shake the music scene in a big way. In fact, its waves are already being felt.
Prophets of doom that had already written derogatory epitaphs in anticipation of erecting Macheso’s musical tombstone anytime soon will have to wait longer. The musician has silenced critics.