Michael Magoronga, Midlands Correspondent
Kwekwe-based Chigiyo outfit, Zig-Zag Band is set to make a massive comeback this weekend when it launches a single titled “Chinamazano”.
The launch scheduled for Kwekwe Theatre on Saturday will mark the band’s return to live performances. Zig-Zag Band last held a live show in 2015.
Their partnership with Bantu Studios which is assisting in the recording of their forthcoming album, Chigiyo, will see the band launch the single that will be accompanied by a video.
Bantu Studios owner, Tawanda Jumo said another single will be dropped next year before the release of the band’s album.
“Zig Zag last staged a live show around 2015, somewhere there. This launch is set to mark the return of the band’s live performances. As Bantu Studios, we’ve been working with a number of artistes in Kwekwe, but this is one of the biggest projects that we’re working on. We’re really pleased to be associated with them and hope we’ll do a lot to relaunch their career,” said Jumo.
Zig-Zag, who are working on a 15-track album, were last in the studio in 2013 when they released the album, ‘Chigiyo Harder than a Rock’ which did not get much hype like their previous albums.
The band was a hit in the 80s and mid-90s, but after the demise of the group’s core members, the group sank into oblivion. Distance also became a barrier as some band members were based in Kadoma, Kwekwe and Harare.
Guitarist Gilbert Zvamaida left the group and is now the lead guitarist for Thomas Mukanya’s Blacks Unlimited. Currently, the band is made up of Julius Ziva on lead, vocals and trumpet; Gerald Chamunorwa (drums); Stephen Lunga (keys); Sunduzo Kosolo, bass and Isaac Phiri on vocals and percussion.