By Alfred Tembo – BULAWAYO: After a long spell of silence of the splitting of South African based sungura musical company almost a month ago, Charles Ndebele has Addressing journalist recently in Bulawayo, Ndebele who also took the opportunity to unveiling his debut album, said despite having worked with Martine Sibanda for two decades as a family they finally came to a juncture where they had to take separate ways.
“It is true we are no longer together, we had some differences which led to separation. It is rare to find two bulls in one kraal but this is it, this is where we are now. ” said Ndebele shunning from elaborating what led to the split.
Sibanda who went solo almost a month ago hinted the media on the bend in the ensemble’s disjoint when he embarked on solo shows in Matabeleland. Ndebele has vowed never shame his colleague in immature battles but to let his musical talent speak for itself.
Splitting of Ndolwani sounds will see the duo sharing the brand name, band members and instruments “Before we parted ways we had a binding Memorandum of Understanding for the band and the instruments which means at the moment we will have to keep using all these things together unless and until such a time when we agreed on something different,” he added.
Ndebele said instead of concentrating on the slip that the band has experienced he would rather put in mind to recording his first ever solo project titled Azibuy’ Emasisweni.
“I read with shock in the media about the cause of the split which were just nothing but total lies but nevertheless, I simply chose to do things in a different way. I then went to the studio where I compiled my album and now the rest is up to the fans to judge who iswho,” further said Ndebele.
Ndebele’s latest piece which was recorded at capital based stable called Shed Studios.in his latest albums, Ndebele has offering such as Idlozi lami, Inhlelo zami, and tracks which will leave memories of the group’s break away.
Umthwakazi, Usemncane, Amasiko part two, the title track Azibuye emasisweni and Mfowethu a tribute to his late cousin and co-founder Absalom Ndebele. Absalom passed on in 2007 in a tragic accident along Bulawayo-Harare highway while on his way to attend Last Fatiya’s funeral who was also a band member.
The outfit hails from Ndolwane in Bulilima, Matabeleland South which established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in this part of the country and in Johannesburg in particular became popular through such albums as Kulindawo, Zambani Likaphondo, Africa, Qiniso and Sunduza among others. Ant their last project was Zethembe was in 2009.