Sungura musician Nicholas Zakaria, popularly known as Madzibaba, said he was happy to be appreciated on his 66th birthday.
Madzibaba received a lot of gifts at his birthday celebration held at Nyaradzo Functions Room in Harare.
He has been in the music industry for 47 years and he formed his band, Khiama Boys 40 years ago.
Madzibaba recently launched his 29th studio album titled “Musabvunda”. Speaking to H-Metro on the sidelines of the event, Madzibaba said:
It’s a long journey that I have travelled and each time I reflect on the journey it seems like yesterday.
I have never thought that one day people will gather around appreciating the good things that I have done over the years.
I can’t say I am perfect but I am just happy to be appreciated.
I will continue assisting those who want my expertise and it is up to them to come back and say thank you.
I have weaned off a number of artists over the years and I still continue doing so.
Only death will stop me from fulfilling my mandate.
Madzibaba, who is also nicknamed Senior Lecturer, said he celebrated his 66th birthday with a heavy heart because the majority of musicians that he mentored are now late.
The Senior Lecturer’s list of students, who are late, includes System Tazvida, Amon Mvula, Cephas Karushanga, Arron Chinamira and Tineyi Chikupo.
Some of his students who are still alive include his wife, Margaret Gweshe, who was part of the mighty Khiama Boys, Alick Macheso and Simon Mutambi.