Zacharia Zakaria, a rhythm guitar specialist returned to Alick Macheso’s Orchestra Mberikwazvo outfit. He was one of Macheso’s founding band members when the cousins ditched Khiama Boys led by Madzibaba Nicholas Zakaria around 1996 to form the trailblazing Orchestra Mberikwazvo.
Orchestra Mberikwazvo went on to overshadow Khiama Boys, a group that had dominated the sungura music genre with Macheso complementing the elder Zakaria before the group’s unfortunate break-up. Zaka Zaka left his brother Nicholas to be with his cousin Macheso as the group churned out hit after hit before the former decided to try his luck as a solo artist forming the Chilli Boys without much success.
Macheso’s manager Tich Makahamadze announced Zaka Zaka’s return to the fold recently but expressed sadness that they could not hold a welcome back gig for the returning “prodigal son” due to lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“We could have done something big because this is worth celebrating but because of the lockdown restrictions, we can’t do anything. However, he will be instrumental in the upcoming album,” Makahamadze said.
“The group is working hard to put together the next album. When everything gets back to normal we will be announcing the dates of release,” he said. Macheso also put the issue of Zaka Zaka’s return beyond doubt taking to social media to announce the development in his group.
Fans immediately took to social media celebrating the return of the revered rhythm guitarist. Solo Makwevera said it was good that Macheso and Zakaria are joining forces again after his cousin spent years trying to carve a name for himself in the challenging music industry.
Music enthusiast and Esteem Communication director Takemore Mazuruse said Zaka Zaka’s return was good news for Macheso’s legion of fans and would be a guarantee to exciting compositions from the group. “This is just good news for Macheso's fans and the band as well because of the blending of the young and experienced guitarists in the group. Fans are guaranteed of good musical arrangements through this development,” Mazuruse said.
Zaka Zaka also promised to do his best to contribute to the group and its fans. “There is a time when you realise you need to make decisions for the best of your family and career. I can guarantee you that people will be entertained,” he said.
The tumultuous years also saw band members such as Gomba and Nyazanda joining forces with dancer Franco “Slomo” Dhaka and Kasamba to form a splinter group Extra Kwazvose that was known as “The Rebels”.
It is, however, Zaka Zaka’s return that is expected to complement the talents of his colleagues including Nyazanda, Gomba, and Kasamba who have already rejoined the band with high expectations that Orchestra Mberikwazvo would come up with solid compositions once again.