Madzibaba Nicholas Zakaria unveils new video of his yesteryear hit. The Khiama Boys founder opened up to H-Metro yesterday on the sidelines of the launch of his video to the Chewa hit song Zomvelamvela. Madzibaba Nicholas Zakaria reckons God’s favour has finally located him owing to his faith and patience, writes TRUST KHOSA.
To the sungura godfather’s amusement, corporates, promoters and individuals showed him love he had not anticipated since he became a musician. Being a golden oldie off his ninth album – Yeuchidzo – released in 1998 after parting ways with Alick Macheso, Madzibaba has always wanted to add visuals to the catchy song which has a regional appeal.
And 22 years after its release, Madzibaba could not hide his elation as corporates like Wezhaz Executive Cars, Esteem Communications, Joem Printers, Trend Zone Designer Wear and Lonestar Construction among others. “This year started off on a flier when we won an award at the Zimbabwe Music Awards which showed me that patience and having faith in God really pay.
“When the Covid-19 lockdown came, my social media handlers and corporate managers – Esteem Communication – ensured that I was busy during the same period as they roped in their advocacy work which saw me engaging in a lot of work to fight gender-based violence.
“And turning to this video, I was surprised when a friend of mine decided to foot all the expenses of this standard budget video which could have cost me around US$800,” he said.
Madzibaba said he was now waiting for his handlers to post his new video n various social media platforms and prestigious television channels since it appeals to many countries in the sub-region.
“I think you have just seen the quality of his video whose audio was done in Chewa so we are just trying to penetrate the regional market and ensure that sungura is appreciated.
“We have been failing to penetrate the continent owing to the quality of our videos but this time around we have targeted mainly the sub-region so that we really make an impression,” he added.
Businessman and music promoter Partson Chimbodza who represented fellow promoters described Madzibaba as a humble legend. “I have held several shows with Madzibaba and even toured Mozambique with him but we didn’t have a written contract because he is more of a brother to me. “Madzibaba has never missed my events and whenever he invites me, I will always attend and be available.
“To young artistes, we urge them to emulate Madibaba to ensure they leave a legacy to be cherished for years,” he said.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Trend Zone Designer Wear Florence Rupapa who dressed Madzibaba for the occasion and gave him a bid of US$500 for the video. “It feels good that I am hear dressing a legend like Madzibaba and to us it means a lot in our industry since we are honouring one of our own,” she said.
Not to be outdone was Madzibaba student Simon Mutambi who drove all the way from Beatrice to attend the midweek. “To me, Madzibaba is like my father and I fell in love with his music because my mother used to like his music too.
“I have been following his music and I have always defended him since he is my role model. “There is no single song that I can say is sub-standard for him from his entire discography,” he said.
Meanwhile, Madzibaba returned home richer as Rupapa bought the video and documentary for US$500. Chimbodza paid US$200 for the same package while Wezhaz Executive Cars CEO Exevia Maoneke offered US$100 with Esteem Communications paying US$50.
Source – H-Metro
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