COR­REC­TIONAL SER­VICES AFRO-JAZZ BAND CD MAK­ING AIR­WAVES

Observer on Saturday - - News -

His Majesty’s Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices afro-jazz band is tak­ing the mu­sic in­dus­try by storm through their newly re­leased al­bum ti­tled ‘Salukazana Es­dala Si­na­macebo’.

Hardly three weeks on the mar­ket the al­bum seems to be a hot favourite amongst mu­sic lovers who could not miss the op­por­tu­nity to have a copy of this prod­uct from the mar­ket shelves.

The al­bum is cur­rently dom­i­nat­ing air­waves in the coun­try’s na­tional broad­cast­ing en­tity, the Swazi­land Broad­cast­ing and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices (SBIS).

Apart from this, the al­bum has started to fea­ture on broad­cast­ing en­ti­ties be­yond the bor­ders such as the KZN TV. Tracks which have proved to be hits in­clude ‘Salukazana es­dala’ ‘In­do­daye­jazi’, ‘Ja­he­lim­nyama’ as well as the gospel songs ‘Inhliziyo KaJesu’ and ‘Nkosi Bhek­ibandla Lakho’.

In an ef­fort to make the al­bum more pop­u­lar amongst fans, the group has put in place a num­ber of mar­ket­ing strate­gies which in­clude coun­try­wide tours aimed at reach­ing au­di­ences in strate­gic ar­eas.

In the past few weeks, the group has suc­cess­fully staged live per­for­mances in dif­fer­ent Cor­rec­tional Cen­tres where they kept jazz mu­sic lovers on urges of their seats as they wowed fans in the var­i­ous staff can­teens. These tours have proven a great suc­cess as rev­ellers came in droves to wit­ness the live per­for­mances which last about five hours. In these tours, the band for­merly known as ‘The Oldies’ has shown their worth of mu­sic as jazz fa­nat­ics were left yearn­ing for more through­out its live per­for­mances. Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Isa­iah Mzuthini Nt­shangase says the band was play­ing a piv­otal role in help­ing the depart­ment reach out to the pub­lic through its var­i­ous ground break­ing in­no­va­tive pro­grammes aimed at im­prov­ing the lives of of­fend­ers.

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

He said this can only work well if the pub­lic is en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken by the service. Nt­shangase ex­plained that it is not only of­fi­cers that are ben­e­fit­ing from ac­quir­ing skills in mu­sic as this op­por­tu­nity was also ex­tended to of­fend­ers as part of their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process. As a re­sult of this ini­tia­tive, a brass band formed of in­mates per­formed for the hun­dreds of guests who at­tended this year’s Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Day. This was meant to help them have the op­por­tu­nity to de­vel­op­ment a ca­reer in mu­sic. On an­other note, the com­mis­sioner gen­eral stated that the tra­di­tional songs in the band’s new al­bum were meant to pre­serve tra­di­tional songs for the ben­e­fit of fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

Leader of the 13 mem­ber band, Davies Zwane said they were ex­cited about the re­sponse the new al­bum has re­ceived from the pub­lic, he said it feels like this was a re­newal of the group’s dream to im­prove the coun­try’s econ­omy through the pro­mo­tion of lo­cal tal­ent.

Zwane at­trib­uted the suc­cess of the group to the in­spi­ra­tional lead­er­ship of the com­mis­sioner gen­eral who al­ways en­cour­ages of­fi­cers to ex­cel in their re­spec­tive ar­eas of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Our boss gives no room for medi­ocre per­for­mance” he ex­plained.

He fur­ther men­tioned that Nt­shangase was not only the pa­tron of the group, but an ar­dent fan with an in­cred­i­ble love for afro- jazz mu­sic.

He said the CD is sold at an af­ford­able price of E70. Say­ing this was not meant to make money but to re­cover pro­duc­tion cost and to gen­er­ate rev­enue for main­tain­ing mu­si­cal equip­ment. The CD is avail­able for sale at the var­i­ous Cor­rec­tional cen­tres.

JA­HE­LIM­NYAMA:

His Majesty's Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices afro-jazz band mem­bers pos­ing with their in­stru­ments.

BELT­ING IT OUT: Gui­tarist Joseph Bwalya and Sibaya en­ter­tain­ing the crowd.

MIN­GLING: MC of the day Wakhile Magongo (hold­ing the mi­cro­phone) en­ter­tain­ing the crowd.

THRILLING: Thu­lani Sibaya thrilling the au­di­ence with his trum­pet.

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