Alick Macheso

Alick Macheso (born 10 June 1968), is a Zimbabwean musician. He came onto the music scene as a solo artist in 1998, with his debut album Magariro, which carried "Pakutema Munda ", probably the least noticeable from that album. The first cut never received any recognition but he continued to release Vakiridzo the following year. Similarly, the response was lukewarm and in the coming 12 months, he went back into the studio and came out with Simbaradzo.

Alick Macheso
Alick Macheso performing in 2012
Alick Macheso performing in 2012
Background information
Birth nameAlick Silva Macheso
Also known asExtrabasso, Razorwire, Cheso-Power, Chikopokopo, Baba Shero Aleck
Born (1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 54)
OriginShamva, Zimbabwe
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, guitarist, dancer, choreographer
InstrumentsBass guitar, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals
Years active1983–present
LabelsLast Power Alema Studios Gramma Records

Simbaradzo was to be the turning point in his career and Mundikumbuke and Amai VaRubhi brought Macheso into the limelight. He was to follow on the success of Simbaradzo with Zvakanaka Zvakadaro. He can dance, sing and play the guitar - a rare combination of skills among musicians. Zvakanaka Zvakadaro was followed, in 2003, by Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya. In 2011 he initiated the popular Zora Butter dance which has come to be known as Macheso's initiative.[1]

Macheso was born in 1968 in Shamva, 90 kilometres to the north of Harare, to parents of Malawian origin - a fact that was to inspire him to be able to speak and sing in five languages - Shona, Chichewa, Sena, Venda and Lingala. Growing on a farm, especially before Zimbabwe 's Independence from Britain in 1980, the environment did not offer him many opportunities. In 1983, at the youthful age of 15, he left the farm compounds of Shamva and headed for Harare.

Arriving in the capital at the invitation of a relative, who had been inspired by Macheso's guitar-playing prowess at the farm compounds, the two went on a music-inspired journey, joining several bands, mostly sungura-playing outfits.

In 1997, he broke ranks with the Khiama Boys fronted by Nicholas Zakaria, to form his own Orchestra Mberikwazvo.

He is well known throughout Southern Africa as one of the most successful singers and ranked among the best bass guitarists on the continent. He is Zimbabwe's best-ever selling artiste with his album Simbaradzo being the highest ever sold album in Zimbabwe. Macheso is arguably the best sungura artist to ever emerge from Zimbabwe. In recent years Macheso has risen to become an advertising face for many corporations that include the country's leading bakery Bakers Inn, paint company Nash Paints and humanitarian organisation Red Cross. Macheso's recent achievement was his appointment as ambassador for housing company, which deals with Enhanced Mortgaging and Housing, which targets low-income earners and self-employed clients. Macheso has also used his role to assist fellow artists acquire residential stands at affordable rates.

He has ventured into charity and humanitarian work, for instance in May 2019, he started building two classroom blocks at his former primary school in Shamva; Enterprise Primary School. He also offered to pay school fees for 105 less privileged pupils at the same school.

On December 4, 2020, Alick Macheso released the single "Zero Ndizuro", which is a bonus track from the forthcoming album in 2021.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Alick MAcheso is married to Nyadzisai Macheso who is also popularly known as Mai Sharo. He described his wife as the pillar of strength at her birthday party in March 2021 when she turned 50.[3] He has five children with his first wife, Nyadzisai Macheso, and two kids with his second wife, Tafadzwa Mapako. Macheso divorced Tafadzwa in 2014. Tafadzwa's marriage to the musician was her third failed marriage. She demanded $7,130 monthly to cater for her children, Maneesha and Alick Junior, but the court sliced the divorce settlement to $1,030 per month. In 2013, Tafi Phiri from Chipinge claimed to be the artist's father but never did a DNA test. Moreover, he left Chipinge after his marriage collapsed.

Awards and Charity workEdit

The celebrity's humanitarian character is praiseworthy because he built two classrooms and sponsored 105 students at his former primary school. Red Cross made him its Zimbabwe Ambassador in 2013 because his annual Chitungwiza General Hospital Charity show helped many sick people. He has won the Best Song of the Year Best Live Performer (ZIMA) award, Best Sungura Artiste (ZIMA) award. He was also honored by Nash Paints and given an award in recognition of his work, talent and contribution to the music industry. Macheso worked with Nash Paints since its inception, he has been their brand ambassador and is part of the story of Nash Paints.[4] Alick Macheso is an ethical artist, unlike many musicians today who tarnish each other's name for fame.[5] In June 2019, the musician pledged to pay school fees for 109 pupils who are not covered under the government’s Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM). He also pledged that he would build a new academic block for the ECD learners.[6]


  • Magariro (1998)
  • Vakiridzo (1999)
  • Simbaradzo (2000)
  • Zvakanaka Zvakadaro (2001)
  • Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya (2003)
  • Vapupuri Pupurai (2005)
  • Ndezvashe-Eh (2007).
  • Zvinoda kutendwa (2010).
  • Kwatakabva Mitunhu (2012).
  • Tsoka Dzerwendo (2016).
  • Dzinosvitsa Kure (2018).
  • Zuro Ndizuro (2020).
  • Tinosvitswa Nashee (2022).

Album TracksEdit

  • Magariro (1998)

1.Pakutema Munda

2.Baba Namai




6.Mwana wamai vangu

  • Vakiridzo (1999)


2.Kumuzi Kwatu


4.Yave Tinotenda



  • Simbaradzo (2000)

1.Amai Varubhi

2.Kunyarara Zvavo


4.Kusekana kwaana kamba



  • Zvakanaka Zvakadaro (2001)



3.Kumhanya Kuripo

4.Chara Chimwe

5.Mwari Wenyasha


  • Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya (2003)





5.Ziva Zvaunoda


  • Vapupuri Pupurai (2005)


2.Upenyu Hwemunhu



5.Baba Vasandy



  • Ndezvashe-Eh (2007)



3.Amuna Wangu




  • Zvinoda Kutendwa (2010)


2.Nguva Yekutenda

3.Zvinoda Kutendwa


5.Kudzima Moto

6.Chaungada Chose

  • Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure KweKure) (2012)




4.Kutsvaga Chiremba



  • Tsoka Dzerwendo (Aaayaya) (2016)


2.Kurarama Inyasha




6.Mude Mude

  • Dzinosvitsa Kure (2018)

1.Chikuru Kurarama

2.Pfuma Yacho




6.Vane Zvavanoda

  • Single Zuro NdiZuro 2020


  1. ^ "Macheso launches Zora Butter dance". The Zimbabwean. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  2. ^ Herald, The. "Macheso's early Xmas gift". The Herald. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  3. ^ ""She is My Pillar"-Alick Macheso Celebrates His Wife's Birthday". 4 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Nash Paints honours Alick Macheso". December 2019.
  5. ^ "Alick Macheso age, family, houses and cars, songs, properties, worth". 17 May 2021.
  6. ^ "PICS: Alick Macheso Brings Joy to Old School...Pledges to Pay Fees for 109 Kids & Build New ECD Block". 7 June 2019.