Pro­fes­sor pow­ers new Stiff hit Front­man Diliza ex­pected in Zim for home­com­ing gig

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Show­biz Re­porter

STIFF front­man Diliza has been speak­ing about their new sin­gle, Um­cimbi, which is due for re­lease later this month.

The Bu­l­awayo-born singer, who is based in Jo­han­nes­burg, also spoke of his group’s dis­ap­point­ment af­ter ma­te­rial for their new al­bum was stolen by rob­bers who ran­sacked their pro­ducer – DJ Clap’s stu­dio.

Diliza, real name De­laney Dondo, is a third of the Kalawa Jazmee – signed kwaito group Stiff, whose other mem­bers are Nh­lanhla ‘Mgi­jimi’ Dlamini and Sibu­siso ‘Sbu’ Ma­sondo.

Um­cimbi, which has a thump­ing kwaito base­line, is guar­an­teed to fight for ro­ta­tion in night­clubs and car stereos this summer. The track was pro­duced by Trade­mark, who brought us the Dur­ban Nyts smash hit, Shu­maya.

Speak­ing on the new track, Diliza said: “We were priv­i­leged to work with Pro­fes­sor. Many peo­ple don’t know what a ge­nius he is.

“He doesn’t write lyrics – un­less he’s helping an­other artist fea­tur­ing on his track. He’ll lis­ten to the beat a cou­ple of times and the next time, he’s lay­ing down his part with im­pec­ca­ble flour­ish.

“It was a big thing for us (fea­tur­ing Pro­fes­sor) be­cause he’s a stan­dard in our in­dus­try – he’s what we all aspire to be. I’ve been in­volved in a few projects with him, but it was a first for Sbu and Mgi­jimi.”

Diliza said Pro­fes­sor – a sta­ble­mate at Kalawa Jazmee – heard the beat for the sin­gle and with some urg­ing from DJ Bob­star, de­cided to work on a col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The re­sult was a su­per rock­ing hit in which Pro­fes­sor warns that, “Wab­hek’in­tombi yam’ waphel’um­cimbi/ Wathint’umuntu wam’ uyaphel’um­cimbi.”

Kalawa Jazmee boss DJ Oskido told Chron­i­cle Show­biz he had or­dered a video for Um­cimbi adding that Diliza would join Pro­fes­sor at the Queens Sports Club stage in Bu­l­awayo on De­cem­ber 28 for the an­nual Kalawa Home­com­ing con­cert.

Stiff was formed two years ago af­ter Mgi­jimi and Sbu left DJ Clock’s AMPM where they were mem­bers of the four­some, Tot-Tot. While one of the quar­tet Cebo joined Dur­ban Nyts, Sbu and Mgi­jimi ap­proached DJ Bob­star – young brother to Oskido – in the hope of record­ing as a duo. But when Diliza fea­tured on one of their tracks, Kalawa Jazmee king­pin Spikiri and DJ Bob­star con­vinced them to form a group and Bob­star gave them the name, Stiff.

“In South Africa, a stiff is a tot. Iyababa (it’s bit­ter). So Stiff to us is some­thing hard, some­thing tough,” said Diliza.

Stiff were due to re­lease an al­bum this year but the project has been pushed back af­ter thieves raided DJ Clap’s stu­dio – a mem­ber of Uhuru – who was pro­duc­ing it.They stole lap­tops and ex­ter­nal hard drives which not only con­tained Stiff ’s ma­te­rial, but new tracks for the new Uhuru al­bum which is in the works af­ter the group re­united fol­low­ing a brief split.

New hit ... Stiff with Oskido. L-R Sbu, Oskido, Mgi­jimi and Diliza

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