Kezi Big Three combine forces
IN a rare show of unity, three Kezi Kalanga rhumba music titans, Ndux Jnr, Mthimbane and Dumezweni have combined forces for a compilation album that has been unleashed on lovers of the genre with the festive season looming on the horizon.
The trio, who have described themselves as the Big Three from Kezi, have found themselves in musical harmony, leading to the release of their first album together, an effort titled Ezinkulu Zase Kezi Volume 1.
“For those who like Kalanga rhumba music this is probably what they have been waiting for, even though no one knew where it would come from.
A combination of various talents, with perfect timing and everything aimed at serving one cause, which is satisfying the hearts of the music lovers. Whether you like Ndux Jnr, Mthimbane, Dumezweni or even none of the three, this one will win over your heart if ever you happen to be a rhumba fan,” the group said in a press release.
Like other epic Kalanga rhumba classics of old, the new album’s hallmark is expected to be piercing social commentary that confronts many issues plaguing society.
The song Duduzani, for example, calls on people to console mourners in funerals rather than fighting for inheritance of the riches of the deceased while Tjenjelani makombalume sees Ndux Junr, in his native Kalanga language, calling on men in the diaspora to try and invest the little they raise into developing their areas back home rather than blowing money on women who will in turn empty their pockets through devious means. The album was launched last week at Berea Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.