Nicholas Zakaria
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  • Musician
Known forBeing a Musician
Spouse(s)Margaret Gweshe
ChildrenSimba Zakaria, Rudo
Parent(s)Maluva Chekani (father)

Nicholas Zakaria is a Zimbabwean musician who fronts sungura outfit Khiama Boys. He sometimes referred to as Senior Lecturer and is credited as being the man behind the nurturing of musicians such as Alick Macheso and System Tazvida. He is also known as Madzibaba based on his apostolic beliefs and his hairstyle and long beard.


Zakaria was born in 1956 in Mazowe to Maluva Chekani who moved from Malawi to settle in Zimbabwe then Rhodesia in 1947. He met his wife Margaret Gweshe, who was a dancer within Khiama Boys. They were to be blessed with two children, Rudo and Simba. Sadly Simba committed suicide in 2008 at the family’s Chiweshe homestead, after battling illness for some time. Over the years Zacharia has been nicknamed Madzibaba because he was a member of Mugodhi apostolic sect, he however joined Walter Magaya's Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) ministries in 2014.[1]


Nicholas’ father, Maluva Chekani, was a musician and it was because of him that his Nicholas became one. By the age of eight, Zacharia could already play the guitar. And by the age of 14 he had formed his own band, The Green Mangoes. Against this background, he decided not to sit for his ‘O’ Level exams.

As the passion for music grew, Zacharia left his place of birth Mazowe for Harare, initially settling in Dzivaresekwa, where he soon found himself in the company of musicians in such as Shepherd Chinyani. Together they formed Vhuka Boys, just before independence.

After that Khiama Boys of the Mabhauwa fame was formed and consisted of the late Tineyi Chikupo, Alick Macheso, the late System Tazvida, the late Cephas Karushanga and Donald Gogo. But the success of Mabhauwa was to split Khiama Boys along the middle, with Karushanga hopping off to form Mabhauwa Express and System with his Chazezesa Challengers. The group remained with guys like Macheso, Chikupo, Zakaria Zakaria (Madzibaba’s young brother) and Gogo. This was, however, not for long as the remaining part further split in 1997. And it is then that Zacharia decided to take up driving haulage trucks to raise funds for new instruments. In 2002, Zakaria established a new team.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 MUSIC: 26 albums and still going strong, Sunday Mail, published: February 1, 2015, retrieved: April 7, 2017