A Special Feature.
What is the common denominator between Harari Band, Stimela Band, Malaika, Ringo Mandlingozi, Zonke Dikana, Zahara, Juluka, PJ Powers, and many other greatest bands. The answer is simple. These were, and still are the legends of the Afro-pop music in South Africa. One name however has been left out. That name is Ikhwezi Afro-pop Band. “Ikhwezi” from East London, Eastern Cape Province. This eight piece super-group has conquered Eastern Cape. South Africa, and now they are on a mission to conquer the African Continent.
We caught up with them in one corporate gigs that they were doing in East London recently and they did not disappoint. Mr Vukile Mpatalala, the band leader is also the piano player.
“We are ready for the African Continent,” he confirmed; “We started the band about five years ago and have been growing from strength to strength every single day. We are extremely busy with performances but we do our best to meet the deadlines with our clients.” He said with a very positive smile on his face.
Ms Khusi Sheleni, the golden voice, the female lead vocalist that this African Continent is just about to enjoy very soon interjected “We are ready, anytime, any day, anywhere.” She continued “For us, there is no task that is too big for us to handle” Mr Lucky Moremi, the male lead vocalist did not allow himself to be outdone, and he exclaimed with his hands showing readiness and determination of a tiger… Music is our breakfast, lunch, dinner - from Monday to Monday.”
Hard facts about Ikhwezi:
An 8 piece band from East London, Eastern Cape. They play live, live, live on stage. No “lip service”. They can dance. They keep the crowds standing. They have released a single already called Amaratha. Amaratha simply means “leave your dirty linen outside”. The single Rocks!
What does the future hold?
Currently the band is busy recording their full afro-pop album as a follow-up to their single Amaratha. Ikhwezi is undergoing on a tour in the African Continent in the next 3 months, and the preparations are at an advanced stage. We then asked them “Are you ready?,” the response was a positively confirmed YES. For preparations for the tour, what is happening. The band leader stated as follows; “We have hired a physical trainer to make sure that our fitness levels are in order,” he said. “Furthermore we are rehearsing extensively. Our choreographer has introduced new dance moves, and the planning for the stage that will appeal satisfactorily to the audiences in the African Continent.”
We wish them luck in their career!