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Macheso is bigger than Ngwazi but ….. – Bulawayo24 News

THE raging comparison of Sungura legend Alick Macheso and the emerging sungura star Mark Ngwazi reminds me of the late 1990s when a colleague brought Macheso’s debut album, Magariro, to a party.

The playlist was predominantly Simon Chimbetu, Leonard Zhakata, Leonard Dembo, John Chibadura and System Tazvida.

Only two tracks from Macheso’s album were played before the album was dismissed as a mediocre product which was not worth playing at the party. The colleague who brought the album was even given names.

A few months later, a video of the song Sarah, off the same album, rocked Zimbabwean television. People immediately fell in love with the Borrowdale dance, the vocals and music arrangement. Still, many thought Macheso was a onehit wonder. His sophomore album, Vakiridzo, silenced all critics whilst his third album, Simbaradzo, established him as the new King of Sungura.

Who is bigger Alick Macheso or Mark Ngwazi?

You don’t even need a jury to decide on this matter. Macho is bigger. In fact, he is the number one musician in Zimbabwe followed by either Jah Prayzah or Winky D, depending on your taste. That is a discussion for another day.

Macheso has an impressive profile and music catalogue. His third album, Simbaradzo, surpassed the record of Leonard Dembo’s Chitekete and Leonard Zhakata’s Maruva Enyika in terms of record sales in the first year of release. Macheso is a legend and a big brand.

Whilst Ngwazi is still learning the ropes, his last two albums took the music scene by storm. Taurai Madzoka, off his previous album Chamugwegwedu Chamatindike, became an instant hit, but many still dismissed him as a one-hit wonder. His latest album, Nharo neZvinenharo, has marked Ngwazi as a force to reckon with.

However, besides Ngwazi’s outstanding efforts, Macheso remains a bigger brand and granddad of Zimbabwean music.

Which album is better Tasvitwa Nashe or Nharo neZvinenharo?

This question is not the same as “who is bigger between Macheso and Ngwazi”. Not at all. It seeks to establish the better album between the two artistes’ latest releases.

Pomp and fanfare marked the release of Macheso’s album. The giant aquatic complex which takes over 3 500 people was sold out and fans were turned away. Almost all musicians, including Jah Prayzah and Winky D, publicised the launch on their pages.

On the contrary, Ngwazi’s album was launched at Bar Rouge, a venue that accommodates around 200 people.

A few up-and-coming musicians talked about his launch. Many music pundits dismissed the launch as poorly timed and suicidal, especially coming a week after Macheso’s successful launch. Against all odds, Ngwazi’s album rose to compete with Macheso’s.

An unbiased comparison of the two albums based on message, instrument and vocals arrangement and audience response shows that Nharo neZvinenharo is the better of the two.

Nharo neZvinenharo ticks all the boxes. Listening to the album, you do not need anyone to convince you or dig into history. It simply mesmerises the ears. The fusion of Macheso and Chibadura’s sungura brands spiced up with Kapfupi’s comic lyrics created a refreshing hybrid sungura music. If this were football, we would say Ngwazi has won this match, but not sure whether he would last to win the league title.

Is the future of sungura in safe hands?

No artiste remains at the top of the chats forever. As giants exit, new champions emerge. In gospel music we are past Baba Manyeruke, Pastor Charamba, Fungisai and Shingisai’s time. A new crop of artistes in the mould of Janet Manyowa and Minister Mahendere has emerged.

Similarly, in recent years has evidenced the emergence of Ngwazi, Simon Mutambi and Tatenda Pinjisi as serious contenders for the sungura crown. If the fierce competition in the genre is anything to go by, then sungura is in safe hands.

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‘The soundtrack to this year’s multi-cultural gem’ – Trenchtown line-up released for Electric Picnic – Offaly Live

Trenchtown is much more than a festival arena, it is a way of life! And it has just announced the amazing line-up for this year’s Electric Picnic

Reggae, Roots, Ska, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Rocksteady lay the soundtrack to this multi-cultural gem.

The oasis in the woods is home to three stages and celebrates a melting pot of Jamaican, Irish, Caribbean and African fusion. 

By day, Trenchtown brings the sunshine, and by night it brings the heat, with a nod to Kingston’s legendary street parties, the KINGSTON 12 ARENA lights its fyah and the flames ‘bun deep into the small hours. 

Trenchtown is filled with music, art, dance and interactive performance, transporting its visitors with sights, sounds and tastes and invites them to sample a slice of Ireland’s new, emerging and evolving culture, paying homage to its roots and influences while proudly championing a completely homegrown entertainment line-up for 2022…

Ireland’s no.1 reggae ambassador CIAN FINN has blazed a musical trail from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica and beyond.

His 2015 debut album This Applies featured a performance alongside Max Romeo, among other reggae royalty.

Before releasing his debut solo album, Cian fronted the band Intinn, an Irish dub and dancehall collective that made a big enough impression to earn them spots on the same stages as The Wailers, The Skatalites and UB40.

This year, Cian presents his latest offering, his sophomore solo album –  ‘When We Were Young’. Ten powerful tracks journeying from the melodic to heavy hitting basslines, all best enjoyed live ‘inna da dance.

The Light Runners

THE LIGHT RUNNERS feature some of the best reggae musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Denmark and Ireland and are a rare treat with a backstory as exciting and interesting as their music.

Band members have fled dictatorships, spent years touring the world with soukous bands and even led gospel choirs. Staying true to ‘Roots Reggae’ the band are in the studio recording their debut album that preaches ‘One love, peace and harmony’ in a time of fake news, war, migration, and xenophobia, sending a message of solidarity and unity.

The Light Runners have become synonymous with hypnotic hooks and fluid vocal harmonies with a distinctly African flair, a live show not to be missed.

Veteran Dublin sound system WORRIES OUTERNATIONAL have been promoting reggae and dancehall music at home and abroad for over two decades.

The crew’s legendary club nights ‘Dancehall Styles’ and ‘Reggae Fever’ provided a focal point for the scene in the capital for many years, earning them a loyal following in the process. Six selectors make up the current line-up, each of whom bring their own style and flavour, while staying firmly rooted in the Sound System tradition.

A typical Worries session includes a crucial mix of roots, revival, digital and dancehall styles, served up with an infectious energy.

Friday nights on RTÉ 2FM are all about DJ WAX. His playlist selection bounces across the airwaves carrying the freshest Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, RnB and prominently introduces new Irish acts among a host of global chart topping artists. 

Also performing across the weekend is Dublin’s all dayer party specialists SIM SIMMA, Dublin based original Ska band THE SKATUESQUES, broadcaster, producer and DJ STEVIE G will be joined by REA BRIZY, while Ireland’s original Rasta Soundsystem crew REVELATION SOUND will be powering up Trenchtown’s AFRIKAYA stage, joined by WORLD BASS CULTURE and many more guests…

Elsewhere in the tropical wonderland, take time to chill, kick back and feel the sand under your feet on TREASURE BEACH. Explore the art and cuisine on offer, sample blue mountain coffee from Jamaica, food from the Caribbean, and global music from all corners of our emerald Isle.

Join the interactive Dance and Drum workshops, and get ready to shake your batty to the carnival atmosphere with pop-up performances from HAPPY CITY SAMBA BAND, TOP 8 STREET DANCE CYPHER, BABYLONS INFERNO and so many, many more…

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‘A way of life’ – Trenchtown releases incredible line-up for this year’s EP – Kildare Live

TRENCHTOWN has proudly announced over fifty amazing acts for this year’s Electric Picnic!

Reggae, Roots, Ska, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Rocksteady lay the soundtrack to this multi-cultural gem.

The oasis in the woods is home to three stages and celebrates a melting pot of Jamaican, Irish, Caribbean and African fusion. 

By day, Trenchtown brings the sunshine, and by night it brings the heat, with a nod to Kingston’s legendary street parties, the KINGSTON 12 ARENA lights its fyah and the flames ‘bun deep into the small hours. 

Trenchtown is filled with music, art, dance and interactive performance, transporting its visitors with sights, sounds and tastes and invites them to sample a slice of Ireland’s new, emerging and evolving culture, paying homage to its roots and influences while proudly championing a completely homegrown entertainment line-up for 2022…

Ireland’s no.1 reggae ambassador CIAN FINN has blazed a musical trail from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica and beyond.

His 2015 debut album This Applies featured a performance alongside Max Romeo, among other reggae royalty.

Before releasing his debut solo album, Cian fronted the band Intinn, an Irish dub and dancehall collective that made a big enough impression to earn them spots on the same stages as The Wailers, The Skatalites and UB40.

This year, Cian presents his latest offering, his sophomore solo album –  ‘When We Were Young’. Ten powerful tracks journeying from the melodic to heavy hitting basslines, all best enjoyed live ‘inna da dance.

THE LIGHT RUNNERS feature some of the best reggae musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Denmark and Ireland and are a rare treat with a backstory as exciting and interesting as their music.

Band members have fled dictatorships, spent years touring the world with soukous bands and even led gospel choirs. Staying true to ‘Roots Reggae’ the band are in the studio recording their debut album that preaches ‘One love, peace and harmony’ in a time of fake news, war, migration, and xenophobia, sending a message of solidarity and unity.

The Light Runners have become synonymous with hypnotic hooks and fluid vocal harmonies with a distinctly African flair, a live show not to be missed.

Veteran Dublin sound system WORRIES OUTERNATIONAL have been promoting reggae and dancehall music at home and abroad for over two decades.

The crew’s legendary club nights ‘Dancehall Styles’ and ‘Reggae Fever’ provided a focal point for the scene in the capital for many years, earning them a loyal following in the process. Six selectors make up the current line-up, each of whom bring their own style and flavour, while staying firmly rooted in the Sound System tradition.

A typical Worries session includes a crucial mix of roots, revival, digital and dancehall styles, served up with an infectious energy.

Friday nights on RTÉ 2FM are all about DJ WAX. His playlist selection bounces across the airwaves carrying the freshest Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, RnB and prominently introduces new Irish acts among a host of global chart topping artists. 

Also performing across the weekend is Dublin’s all dayer party specialists SIM SIMMA, Dublin based original Ska band THE SKATUESQUES, broadcaster, producer and DJ STEVIE G will be joined by REA BRIZY, while Ireland’s original Rasta Soundsystem crew REVELATION SOUND will be powering up Trenchtown’s AFRIKAYA stage, joined by WORLD BASS CULTURE and many more guests…

Elsewhere in the tropical wonderland, take time to chill, kick back and feel the sand under your feet on TREASURE BEACH. Explore the art and cuisine on offer, sample blue mountain coffee from Jamaica, food from the Caribbean, and global music from all corners of our emerald Isle.

Join the interactive Dance and Drum workshops, and get ready to shake your batty to the carnival atmosphere with pop-up performances from HAPPY CITY SAMBA BAND, TOP 8 STREET DANCE CYPHER, BABYLONS INFERNO and so many, many more…

Trenchtown is much more than a festival arena, it is a way of life.

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‘A way of life’ – Trenchtown releases incredible line-up for this year’s EP – Kildare Now

TRENCHTOWN has proudly announced over fifty amazing acts for this year’s Electric Picnic!

Reggae, Roots, Ska, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Rocksteady lay the soundtrack to this multi-cultural gem.

The oasis in the woods is home to three stages and celebrates a melting pot of Jamaican, Irish, Caribbean and African fusion. 

By day, Trenchtown brings the sunshine, and by night it brings the heat, with a nod to Kingston’s legendary street parties, the KINGSTON 12 ARENA lights its fyah and the flames ‘bun deep into the small hours. 

Trenchtown is filled with music, art, dance and interactive performance, transporting its visitors with sights, sounds and tastes and invites them to sample a slice of Ireland’s new, emerging and evolving culture, paying homage to its roots and influences while proudly championing a completely homegrown entertainment line-up for 2022…

Ireland’s no.1 reggae ambassador CIAN FINN has blazed a musical trail from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica and beyond.

His 2015 debut album This Applies featured a performance alongside Max Romeo, among other reggae royalty.

Before releasing his debut solo album, Cian fronted the band Intinn, an Irish dub and dancehall collective that made a big enough impression to earn them spots on the same stages as The Wailers, The Skatalites and UB40.

This year, Cian presents his latest offering, his sophomore solo album –  ‘When We Were Young’. Ten powerful tracks journeying from the melodic to heavy hitting basslines, all best enjoyed live ‘inna da dance.

THE LIGHT RUNNERS feature some of the best reggae musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Denmark and Ireland and are a rare treat with a backstory as exciting and interesting as their music.

Band members have fled dictatorships, spent years touring the world with soukous bands and even led gospel choirs. Staying true to ‘Roots Reggae’ the band are in the studio recording their debut album that preaches ‘One love, peace and harmony’ in a time of fake news, war, migration, and xenophobia, sending a message of solidarity and unity.

The Light Runners have become synonymous with hypnotic hooks and fluid vocal harmonies with a distinctly African flair, a live show not to be missed.

Veteran Dublin sound system WORRIES OUTERNATIONAL have been promoting reggae and dancehall music at home and abroad for over two decades.

The crew’s legendary club nights ‘Dancehall Styles’ and ‘Reggae Fever’ provided a focal point for the scene in the capital for many years, earning them a loyal following in the process. Six selectors make up the current line-up, each of whom bring their own style and flavour, while staying firmly rooted in the Sound System tradition.

A typical Worries session includes a crucial mix of roots, revival, digital and dancehall styles, served up with an infectious energy.

Friday nights on RTÉ 2FM are all about DJ WAX. His playlist selection bounces across the airwaves carrying the freshest Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, RnB and prominently introduces new Irish acts among a host of global chart topping artists. 

Also performing across the weekend is Dublin’s all dayer party specialists SIM SIMMA, Dublin based original Ska band THE SKATUESQUES, broadcaster, producer and DJ STEVIE G will be joined by REA BRIZY, while Ireland’s original Rasta Soundsystem crew REVELATION SOUND will be powering up Trenchtown’s AFRIKAYA stage, joined by WORLD BASS CULTURE and many more guests…

Elsewhere in the tropical wonderland, take time to chill, kick back and feel the sand under your feet on TREASURE BEACH. Explore the art and cuisine on offer, sample blue mountain coffee from Jamaica, food from the Caribbean, and global music from all corners of our emerald Isle.

Join the interactive Dance and Drum workshops, and get ready to shake your batty to the carnival atmosphere with pop-up performances from HAPPY CITY SAMBA BAND, TOP 8 STREET DANCE CYPHER, BABYLONS INFERNO and so many, many more…

Trenchtown is much more than a festival arena, it is a way of life.

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