Bhekumuzi Ncube, Sunday Life Reporter
WHEN you hear the name Kwabatsha, the only thing that comes to mind is that blockbuster hit Zvangu Zvamuka that topped chats in 2010 when Africa was brought to a standstill by the first ever Fifa World Cup hosted in Africa.
Since that time, the traditional music and dance ensemble has been quiet to the extent that the majority of fans were beginning to forget about them. Well, they are back and making the headlines yet again.
The 2010 winners of Chibuku Neshamwari competition are back to rock December with their scintillating 13-track album titled the Best of Bhachi.
Their renowned track Zvangu Zvamuka has been remixed and now features Big Nuz member, Mampintsha and Thukzin from West Ink.
Kwabatsha founder, Trust Gumbo said their collaboration with Mampintsha proved they were still an incredible force in the arts industry.
“Our collaboration with Mampintsha happened in August and it shows that Kwabatsha group is still a very determined group eager to impress it’s fans.
We will be leaving for SA to shoot the video of the track anytime,” he said.
The beat of Zvangu Zvamuka portrays the trending Durban style Gqom which is making waves in South Africa.
When Sunday Life asked the multi-talented and self-trained arts creative, Gumbo, the reason they did not host big concerts at the City of Kings for a long time, he said Kwabatsha was involved in arts projects that seek to help those passionate with music and dance.
“We have not been silent. The group has been doing various projects behind the scenes. Kwabatsha now runs a music school at National Art Gallery.
The school specialises in teaching music theories and understanding how music instruments are used. We have been performing in corporate and private events locally and internationally. Every year we have released singles that have been compiled to become a complete album of 13 exhilarating tracks,” he said.
Gumbo said the group is set to rock the stage at the much-hyped Kalawa Home Coming.
“We are set to perform at the Kalawa Home Coming which we grace every year,” he said.
Gumbo said Kwabatsha now accommodates contemporary genres.
“When Kwabatsha was formed in 2009, the group only focused on traditional music. However, the group has grown to appreciate other genres like hip-hop and house hence the release of house hit, Zvangu Zvamuka in 2010,” he said.
People can purchase the Best of Bhachi album from online stores namely Deezer, Sportify, Google Play, Amazon and iTunes. -@NcubeBhekumuzi