Kezi Big Three com­bine forces

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Bruce Ndlovu

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.

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