HARARE – Extra Kwazvose failed to rise to the occasion at the launch of their debut seven-track album Ndizvo Zviripo on Friday at a fully-packed Acquatic Complex in Chitungwiza.
The venue was packed to the rafters with revellers who had been expecting a lot from this new sungura outfit led by rebels, Franco Slomo, Jonasi Kasamba, Noel Nyazanda and Obert Gomba.
Having found the stage already warmed up by the Dembo Brothers and Peter “Young Igwe” Moyo, the rebels failed to wow the multitudes who had been tirelessly waiting for their debut performance.
Those who thronged Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex said though the group was promising, it needed to put up a polished act.
The fans whistled and chanted for the rebels to leave the stage as some were saying their performance was boring.
“These guys are not well polished. Why did they rush things and give us unpolished performance,” shouted an angry fan.
The former Macheso chanter, Kasamba, donning a colourful outfit, diluted the disgruntlement with his chants, cloning some of the lines from his heyday with Macheso.
“Extra Kwazvose, the best on top of the rest,” he chanted as nimble-footed Slomo did his ngondo-ngondo dance.
This gig elicited mixed feelings, with some revellers questioning the creativity of the new sungura outfit.
Many had high expectations but left the joint disappointed, with some saying the guys needed to polish up their act so as to manage live shows. Many simply said they were not up to scratch.
However, lead guitarist Nyazanda gave a polished performance with his guitar, with Slomo entertaining with his creative dances. Some revellers called the outfit a dance group.
The rebels tried hard to bring unique content as they incorporated a different touch with the instruments especially on the keyboard. The debut album has a distinct rhumba flair.
Kasamba said Extra Kwazvose was here to stay while fellow band member Gomba said the first album was only but an introduction.
Slomo composed four songs on the seven-track album whilst the remaining songs were composed by Kasamba.
The tracks on the album are Amen, Julius, Africa, Amai VaBonnie, Gurajena, Ishe Ndinotenda and Mudiwa Wangu.
Promoter Barbara Chikosi of Red Rose Entertainment took a great risk, but judging by the attendance, she went home smiling.
Jah Prayzah and Suluman Chimbetu gave a massive show after Extra Kwazvose, rounding up the night with a stellar performance.
The group joins Zakaria Zakaria and Innocent Mjintu, who have pursued solo careers after deserting sungura kingpin, Macheso.