PETER Moyo’s archaic approach to business is gradually but certainly blowing apart the flamboyant Kwekwe-based ensemble, Utakataka Express.
The sungura musician successfully steered the group out of uncharted waters following the demise of founder Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo in 2011. However, the gains made thus far, which include the successful launch of the albums “Mushonga Mukuru” and “Mabasa aMwari”, may count for nothing if recent developments are anything to go by.
Peter, affectionately known as Young Igwe as a salute to his late father, could lose his entire band – save for chanter Gift “Shiga” Katulika and bass guitarist Spencer Khumbulani.
Guitarists Willard “Willo” Loti, Evidence “Baba Gari” Tarabuka, Savious Karikodzi, Mathew Perego, drummers Guyson Sixpense and Prince Kapatsa have formed their own band called The Bullets.
Already the group has recorded a six-track album titled “Zvine Musoro”, which is being produced by Jabulani Ndlovu at True Tone Studios.
Songs on the album that is being mastered and set for release anytime soon are “Usarivare”, “Warova”, “Panoti Rudo”, “Wakanganwa”, “Jehovha Jaire” and “Hona Moto”.
Willo, leader of the new group, last week confirmed that his days, and those of five fellow Utakataka Express members, were numbered at the Kwekwe-based outfit.
“It’s all about doing something that will give us a decent life. A number of Utakataka Express band members support this vision. We are still with the group but tichawoneka kana nguva yakwana (we will bid farewell when the time comes). But I wish for people to understand that I’m not in any kind of fight with Peter. He is still my boss,” said Willo.
Young Igwe has been found wanting when it comes to administration.
Admittedly, the prevailing economic environment is tough but there are certain things that can easily be avoided by following basic best business practice.
For instance, he has failed to invest in a new and reliable public address system in the five or so years he has been at the helm of the popular sungura outfit.
The music kit currently being used was bought by his father around 2007 following the success of “Naye”.
The obsolete music equipment is giving the musician sleepless nights as it often disrupts his gigs due to malfunctions.
It was everyone’s assumption that the musician would acquire a new kit after receiving numerous cash donations following the release of his second effort, “Mabasa aMwari”. Some promoters even went as far as pledging to help him buy a new PA system.
Instead, the “Samasimba” singer has religiously focused on changing and/or upgrading his cars to keep as trendy as possible while neglecting to feed the goose that lays the golden egg.
“The sound produced by my kit is unique and I cannot get it from anywhere else. The boxes that make up my kit have an inimitable way of producing sound that is loved by my fans. If you have noticed I tend to struggle when I share the stage with Sulu (Chimbetu) and Jah Prayzah because they both have modern PA systems,” said Young Igwe when we asked him about the lack of investment in better equipment.
“I personally built my own kit and I will maintain it, making necessary adjustments and repairs only. The boxes are very much in sync with the Utakataka sound.”
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