Big gig for Zhakata:

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Kundai Marunya Arts Cor­re­spon­dent

AF­TER a mem­o­rable trip that saw him shar­ing the stage with the best of South African mu­sic among them Shekhi­nah, Thomas Chauke, Afro­tain­ment, DJ Tira, and Bu­siswa, cel­e­brated mu­si­cian Leonard Karikoga Zhakata will be treated to a wel­come show at City Sports Bar to­mor­row.

The Zora mu­sic star is re­turn­ing from a suc­cess­ful con­quest of south of the Lim­popo where he staged a well-pol­ished act at a sold-out Pha­laphala FM Royal Her­itage Fes­ti­val in Tho­hoyan­dou.

This was his sec­ond time per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val.

Back home, Zhakata is ex­pected to treat his le­gion of fans to a great se­lec­tion of both songs that in­cludes his yes­ter­year hits “Batai Manzwi”, “Mu­gove”, “Hu­penyu Mu­toro” and “Madam Boss”.

Of late it has been his band, the Zim All Stars, and his dancers, Si­fik­ile dance group who have been leav­ing a last­ing im­pres­sion.

A great sound, cou­pled with well-chore­ographed moves from neatly dressed dancers al­ways leave the crowd in awe.

It is how­ever, the mas­ter­ing of con­tem­po­rary dance, no­tably break­dance, well-jelling it in a genre that is usu­ally dom­i­nated with sun­gura-in­spired moves that have been used and abused over the years, that’s most en­tic­ing about Zhakata’s per­for­mance.

Un­like most of his fel­low old guard who have been in the in­dus­try for decades, the artist em­braces new cre­ative ideas that has man­aged to keep his show­man­ship atop. This has also earned him the fol­low­ing of a younger gen­er­a­tion of show go­ers.

At City Sports Cen­tre, he shares stage with three lo­cal disc jock­eys, DJ Brizzy, DJ Stone and DJ Gwizzy.

Leonard Zhakata

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