Alick Macheso was born in 1968 in Shamva, 90km north of Harare, to parents of Malawian origin - a fact that inspired him to be able to speak and sing in five languages: Shona, Chichewa, Sena, Venda and Lingala. Growing up on a farm before Zimbabwe's Independence in 1980 did not offer many opportunities. In 1983, aged just 15, he left the farm for the bright lights of Harare at the invitation of a relative, Zacharia, who had been inspired by his guitar prowess. The two embarked on a musical journey, joining several bands, mostly sungura outfits. In 1997, Alick broke ranks with Zacharia to form his own Orchestra Mberikwazvo.
In 1998 Macheso released his debut album, 'Mugariro', which included the song 'Pakutema Munda'. The following year he released 'Vakiridzo', which got a similarly lukewarm response. He went back into the studio and came out 12 months later with 'Simbaradzo', the turning point is his career, with hits like 'Mundikumbuke' and 'Mai Rubhi' putting Macheso in the limelight. The album was followed by 'Zvakanaka Zvakadaro' and 'Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya' (2003).
Today Macheso is well-known throughout Southern Africa and is ranked among the best bass guitarists in the region. His album 'Simbaradzo' remains one of the the best-selling Zimbabwe albums of all time. His face appears in advertising campaigns for various organisations, including the Red Cross.