HARARE – Franco ‘Slomo’ Dhaka, the lead vocalist of new sungura group Extra Kwazvose, says his group is not weighed down by the hype surrounding the launch of their debut album Ndizvo Zviripo on Friday.
Despite the fact that the offshoot of Alick Macheso’s Orchestra Mberikwazvo has neither a song nor a show to their name, the new group’s maiden show and album launch at the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza has attracted unusual interest.
Even the 7 000-strong supporters who follow them on Facebook appear not to have placed a burden of expectation on the fledgling sungura outfit.
“We are not afraid at all; Extra Kwazvose is ready to deliver,” Slomo boldly told the Daily News yesterday.
“Despite the short space of time we had at our disposal, we are very happy with what we have produced for Zimbabwe.
“We are not newcomers to the music industry therefore people should not doubt us at all. People will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of our stagecraft and songs,” added the former Orchestra Mberikwazvo and Orchestra Dendera Kings dancer.
The overly confident Slomo also promises a brand of sungura different from that of Macheso and other groups that play the same genre.
“We have integrated keyboards into our music and this has given a totally different feel to our sungura. I am sure the fans will like it. On Friday there will be real fire saka vanhu ngavambomira kudhakwa sitereki kuti vanyatsotiona,” said the famous dancer/singer.
According to Slomo the seven-track Ndizvo Zviripo was produced by Walter Paradzai at Gramma.
“Walter did a great job. The songs on the album are Amai Bhoni, Gurajena, Ishe Ndinotenda, Africa, Julius and Mudiwa Wangu.
“I wrote Amai Bhoni, Gurajena, Mudiwa Wangu and Ishe Ndinotenda while Jonas Kasamba wrote Amen and Africa .The two of us co-wrote Ajulius,” added Slomo.
Extra Kwazvose is composed of dancer/lead vocalist Franco, drummer Obert Gomba, Congolese chanter Kasamba and lead guitarist Noel Nyazanda.
The group’s high profile launch dubbed Rebels Ignited, which is being promoted by Barbara Chikosi’s Red Rose Entertainment, will feature crowd-pullers Jah Prayzah, Suluman Chimbetu and Peter Moyo.
Many fans hope to find out on Friday if the new group is much more than just a ragtag collection of musicians glued together by their gripe with sungura kingpin Macheso.