HARARE – Zora musician Leonard Zhakata says he is putting final touches to his yet-to-be-named 18th album expected to be released anytime this month.
The Zimbabwe All Stars band leader made the revelation to the Daily News on the sidelines of a tree-planting event organised by Friends of the Environment (Fote) in Glendale on Tuesday evening.
Zhakata, who along with his backing band participated in the tree-planting event, said the new album will be out in time for Christmas.
“We are a bit behind schedule but our wish is to release the new album between December 15 and 25,” said the Mugove hit-maker.
“We are still to name the project but we will finalise the project before the beginning of the festive season.”
With the grapevine abuzz that Zhakata is now ready to ditch Zora for gospel music, the popular musician was not prepared to reveal the genre of the forthcoming album.
“The genre will remain a secret until the album is released and then people will find out for themselves,” said Zhakata.
The Zora star was proud to have been part of more than 300 volunteers who marched from Marlborough Police Station in Harare to the first toll gate on the Mazoe – Glendale Road to help spread the message of conserving the environment.
The group planted trees in front of the National Defence College of Zimbabwe and in Glendale where the main tree-planting event took place.
Friends of the Environment (Fote), which is supported by corporates like Nyaradzo Group, OK Zimbabwe and Zimplats, is targeting planting 500 million trees within 15 years.
For Glendale residents it was also an opportunity to witness a well-choreographed performance by Zhakata.
The Zora star performed songs such as Handinawangu, Chenai and Gomba Remarara from the album Vagoni Vebasa.
Late last year the music star led his fans and various stakeholders in a clean-up campaign held at Machipisa Shopping Centre in Highfield, Harare.
The Machipisa clean-up campaign was organised by Zhakata under the theme “Everyone one has a responsibility to keep Zimbabwe clean.”
The Nzombe Huru singer, who is the Goodwill ambassador of Zimbabwe Rural Schools Libraries, also participated in another tree-planting event organised by Fote in Murewa last year.