Madzibaba celebrates 66th birthday in style

By Patience Nyagato
THE Godfather of Sungura music, Nicholas ‘Madzibaba” Zachariah who turned 66 this Tuesday is celebrating his birthday in style after confirming the release of his 29th album which will be officially launched this Saturday.
As he turns 66 today, he looks back with satisfaction.
“Ndinoridza magitare ndobasa rangu chairo chairo. (I play the guitar that is what am good at). I started at a very tender age in 1975. There were a lot of ups and downs over the years until we got to a point where people started appreciating our music. I think just after independence things started going on well,” said Madzibaba Zakaria.
Also known as the Senior Lecturer, the revered lead guitarist who is a recipient of several grammar gold disks, was instrumental in grooming a number of artists, including the late System Tazvida and Alick Macheso.
“I worked with a number of artists including Alick Macheso from as young as 15 years, I worked with System Tazvida, Cephas Karushanga. People ended up calling me senior lecturer because of the works I did. I’m still nurturing talent I have two boys learning rhythms and my last person I mentored was Simon Mutambi who already has a band now,” recalls Madzibaba Nicholas Zakaria.
The veteran sungura crooner is a NAMA living legend having been honoured with the lifetime achievement award among other accolades.