Bhekumuzi Ncube, Sunday Life Reporter
FORMER Highlanders player Thulani Dube has dedicated his latest album “Wakhal’ Umantengwane: Asifuni Bumbulu” to Highlanders Football Club.
Wakhal’Umantengwane is an exhilarating 14-track pop/reggae album which champions the rich history of the famous club.
The album includes songs which are familiar to Bosso fans but had not been officially recorded. These include Babeth’ Ayibulawe, Nyawolwami and Ithimu Yezwe lonke.
Dube, whose football career was cut short by injury, said he chose to record the songs to preserve the history of the club.
“The album is aimed at stimulating passion among Bosso fans who seem to have lost hope due to Bosso’s failure to win the league. It reminds fans of the glorious days of Amahlolanyama, and revives hope among Tshilamoya fans.
“One of the greatest misconceptions among Highlanders supporters is that Bosso belongs to the Ndebele tribe only. Bosso fans always shout ‘Ithimu Yezwe lonke’, but fail to understand the meaning of the phrase. The phrase clearly underlines Bosso as team of all tribes and races in Zimbabwe,” he said.
One of the album tracks, Thela Manzi was added to mark Bosso’s 91 years. Wakhal’ Umantengwane album videos will be shot at different venues where Bosso will be taking part, especially premier league games. Dube urged fans to desist from purchasing pirated CDs.
“Piracy is destroying musicians financially to an extent that some talented artistes have stopped producing music. If fans can work hand in hand with their favourite artistes, it will help stop piracy in Zimbabwe as those law breakers will have no customers to sell to,” said Dube.
The multi-talented Dube said he always had passion for music before he got injured.
“I want to thank God who gave me multi-talents which enabled me to choose another path when bad luck fell on me during my short-lived football career,” he said.
Dube, who played with the likes of John Kapenya and Brighton Dube is now the director of the Harsh Touch Company which offers entertainment services such as Dance Group, Public Address System, Jumping Castle, Bridal Team, Master of Ceremony, Video Filming and Photography. He is also the Highlanders DJ who wows Bosso fans during scheduled matches at Barbourfields Stadium. -@Bhekumuzi Ncube