Macheso takes a break from music, goes farming

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AFTER a busy festive season, sungura ace Alick Macheso has shelved guitars to go on his annual leave.

It is that time of the year, the musician gives his men time to refresh while working on new stuff for the coming showbiz season.

Macheso will only resume action on the weekend of January 25 and is yet to announce venues.

During the break, Macheso will be spending more time at his farm in Chivhu.

The musician said that he will also use the break to improve his sons – Esau and Tatenda – who have since ventured into music.

“We usually go for this break every year and since we are busy throughout the year, I will capaitalise on working on other issues.

“It’s an opportunity to work these boys (Esau and Tatenda) as well focusing on farming business,” said Macheso.

The musician’s publicist Tich Makahamadze said the break is also as a result of the low turnout that is experienced during this period due to the proverbial ‘January disease’.

“In January there will be low turnout at shows that is one of the reason we decided to break.

“Many people will be concentrating mainly on children who will be returning to school, so we also want to give that time to breath,” said Makahamadze.

When asked if they are going to recruit any new members ahead of the new season, he said”

”Our band is intact, no one is leaving, we are a family and we do not have any plans of adding any new band members.

“We are actually working on coming up with new formulas, something refreshing for our fans as we enter the new season.

“We are becoming more of a winning team having worked together for some time now,” he said.

This comes as bad news to former band members like Peter Kagomera, Tafi Nyamunda and Forward Antonio who were eyeing for a comeback.

The trio have been frequenting Macheso stage to join him on stage hoping for a recall.

Makahamadze, however, hinted on releasing a new video this year which comes as a good new to his fans.

The sungura virtuoso last released a video in 2007 for his chart topping album, Ndezvashe-eh.

“Plans are in the pipeline to release music videos this year and we are still to decide which music videos we are going to work on,” he said.


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