HARARE – Leonard “Karikoga” Zhakata (pictured) will for the first time this year perform in the capital, Harare when he dates Jazz 24/7 on Saturday.
Apart from a brief appearance at a charity ‘‘Bring a Shoe Show’’ held earlier in the year, where he impressed, Zhakata has been keeping away from the capital.
“We have been on an outreach programme to take ‘Zora Music’ out of town as we thanked Zimbabweans for voting for Zora Music in the 2016 Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 hits competition, visiting places which the band has not been to for years,” said Zhakata’s manager Ben Zhakata.
Since the beginning of the year, Zhakata has been touring out of the capital with regular shows as well as participating in community projects that include Plan International’s ‘‘Because I am a Girl Child Campaign’’ and Action Aid’s handwashing project.
He has also been out promoting the Premier Plus Mahewu product. These tours have seen him perform in many places out of Harare, among them Gokwe and Beitbridge.
Zhakata has introduced a new song titled Game Changer which is expected on his forthcoming album. The song has been well received by his legion of supporters.
Jazz 24/7 Manager Yasini Dhala said they had done their part to ensure an explosive concert.
“We feel honoured to be hosting Zhakata’s first gig in the capital this year, and we are happy to work with a seasoned musician like him. He is professional and mature. We expect nothing short of fireworks from him”, said Dhala.
Zhakata has apologised for failing to honour his promise in terms of delivering forthcoming album Mutungadzese Extended.
“I would like to apologise to those who have been waiting for Mutungadzese Extended as I had earlier promised to have it ready for them by the first quarter of this year. There have been some delays due to some unplanned for but unavoidable community and business engagements.
“I will be careful not to give a time-frame this time round, but my fans should be rest assured that they will be enjoying the new album soon. We have completed recording, and we will be embarking on other associated processes soon and hope to give it to them at the earliest possible time,” Zhakata said.
Meanwhile, Zhakata has dispelled the rumour doing rounds that he intends to contest for the country’s presidency in the 2018 national elections.
“The last time I checked I was a musician, not a politician. I have never been a politician, I am not one, and I do not aspire to be one.
“Seriously, how can one rise from nowhere to be president of a country? The people who invented the joke have a bad taste of humour”, the Mubikira hit-maker said.