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Samaita woos Macheso ‘rebels’

By Zecheaus Nemadire

Jonas Kasamba, who resigned from Alick Macheso’s Orchestra Mberikwazvo, is tipped to join Murondatsimba Express, leader of the group Brian Samaita has said. Samaita, who was a friend to the late Tongai Moyo, said Kasamba was welcome to join his group.

Alick “Extrabasso” Macheso
Alick “Extrabasso” Macheso

“I want Kasamba to join my group and he is one of the popular names that I am eyeing for my all-star group,” he said.

The Mutare-based businessman-cum-musician said he was on a mission to get renowned instrumentalists and dancers to be part of his All-Star Band.

It is believed Kasamba, and fellow rebels Obert Gomba and Noel Nyazanda approached Samaita in their search for greener pastures.

However, Samaita – who is also a music promoter – said he was going to take only popular and experienced guitarists who have been in the limelight with established musicians.

“The All-Star group will be made up of decorated and experienced individuals. As of now I cannot reveal the names of people.

“I have been on a steady rise since my debut album ‘Nemiwo Munazvo’, a tribute to my late friend Tongai. I never thought I was going to be a full-time musician, but the reception I got from fans after that album gave me the confidence to pursue a musical career,” said Samaita.

The rising sungura star has also been rumoured to be a threat to Peter Moyo the heir to the late Tongai Moyo’s Utakataka Express. However, he highlighted that there is no need for the “Young Igwe” to panic.

“Peter should not feel threatened by the way I am doing my music because his father was my best friend and I worked with him as his promoter. To me Peter is like a son and I am going to rally behind him even on the day of his album launch,” he said.

Meanwhile, it appears things are not well in Suluman Chimbetu’s camp as dancer Francis “Slomo” Dhaka could be heading for the exit door to join his former mates from Macheso’s Mberikwazvo.

Slomo is rumoured to be contemplating quitting Orchestra Dendera Kings soon after Sulu’s Zambia and United Kingdom tours. He, however, refuted the claims, insisting that his detractors were in the habit of badmouthing him.

“Mukoma zvawanda zvataurwa pamusoro pangu asi mukupedzisira zvinozongobuda kuti manyepo (I have no plans to quit Dendera Kings. In fact, I am happy here and never mind what people say because at the end of the day it is nothing but wishful thinking),” said Slomo. The Herald