For the past four years, Alick Macheso struggled to get good turnouts at his live shows with some arguing that he was heading for the end of his career. However, tables have turned with the release of his new album “Tsoka Dzerwendo” and over the weekend thousands turned up for the Mutare and Chipinge shows. On Friday he performed at The Platinum in Mutare and more than one thousand people attended the show.
People in Mutare were struggling to get into the venue due to congestion as early as 9 pm. The musician went on stage at 10 pm, belting out songs from the new release and old songs.
Fans were singing along some of the songs from the album with “Gungwa”, “Mude Mude” and “Wandirangaridza” being played several times upon fans’ request. His prodigal son Jonasi Kasamba brought the house down with his dances and also took people back to the old days with his popular chants.
“I want to apologise to Mberikwazvo fans for all what happened. I am back and we want to continue working well as a band,” he said. Macheso said he was thankful to Zimbabweans for having confidence in him and his team.
“Words only cannot be enough to thank my fans because they have shown their confidence in me and my band. As you can see, people have come in their numbers to support this show,” he said.
He said he was working to improve each day to please his legion of fans.
Show organiser Esau Mupfumi said he was happy with the attendance and that was proof that the musician has claimed his glory.
“You can even tell with his mood and even the attendance that everything is going well. We are happy to be hosting a show that attracts such huge crowds,” he said.
On Saturday the venue will host Shinsoman and Tryson Chimbetu.
In Chipinge, Macheso performed for about nine hundred fans at Dzonzai Night Club. Though he came a bit late for the show he did not disappoint his fans.
Organiser of the show said he was happy to be hosting the musician during the time when he is doing well with his new album. “This is awesome and we are hoping to have a number of these musicians here in Chipinge,” he said.
Songs from his album “Tsoka Dzerwendo” were enough to send fans into frenzy.
Critics said the attendance of the musician’s shows were enough to tell how the album has been accepted by fans.