A Spe­cial Fea­ture.

Thembu Royals Magazine - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY IN­TER­NAL STAFF WRITER

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!

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