Mkhululi Ncube, Showbiz Reporter
RHUMBA fans were treated to a three-tier sumptuous music treat on Saturday when three groups launched their albums at what is now known as the home of rhumba music — the Hillbrow Theatre in South Africa.
The three, Themba “Boyoyo” Mathe, Tsheba Boys and dance kings Godolude and his partner Amzozo of Friendly Brothers brought different flavours on stage which pulled rhumba fans to fill up the venue, despite the harsh weather.
Tsheba who launched his ninth album, Umjolo Ongela Qiniso, said the show was one to remember for Rhumba fans.
“The show was something to remember, despite the harsh weather as it rained the whole day. Fans came in their numbers and the venue was full to capacity. We all prepared for the show and Boyoyo and Eze Energy proved that they are good stage performers and left fans fulfilled,” said Tsheba.
He said his latest album has his own Tsheba unique beat that he has mastered over the years. The seven-track album has songs, Isililo, Ndawolota, Malume, Nginqi, Kuntshintshile and Khuzani Imihlolo that cater for various age groups and for different occasions.
Boyoyo and his Mthimbani Sound Blasters band on the other hand, launched his 10th album: As Long Sisaphefumula that features Ngqwaa Lo Bhururu. Never one to disappoint and always full of humour, fans were taken down memory lane with hits Irene, Madawu, Wafawafa and the Ndazi Ndazi beat that made Boyoyo the legend he is.
Despite health challenges brought by the loss of eyesight, Mthimbani still has studio mojo and seems to have taken time to perfect his latest album.
“The festive season is upon us and this (album) is for the fans. I’ve been in the music industry for a long time and all my experience went into this album. The show was a huge success as it’s not every time that we fill that venue, but on this occasion we did,” said the rhumba legend.
Besides the title track that talks about Covid-19 and other problems, people need to look out for Lydia, a dance track.
Godolude who is arguably the best rhumba dancer having danced for a number of bands which include Magwaza and Macrey Super Sounds and Mlambos Express Band, launched his fourth album, Ngangizwe Elika Ntulo.
He said they decided to come together for the album launches so as to unite their fans.
A number of rhumba bands have been releasing their albums ahead of the festive season as they seek to catch on the free spending by fans and dominate play during the holidays. – @themkhust