Members from both groups confirmed the split. Other members have established a group in Harare while some have remained in Mutare. Silas Makumbe, one of the surviving members of the original Assegai Crew, confirmed the split. This was as a result of some band members Thomas Marimbita and Lawrence Karimanzira for the break up. They were causing a lot of problems within the band, said Makumbe.
Marimbita and Karimanzira who have formed another Assegai Crew were allegedly playing the songs composed and released under the original group to lure fans. “These guys were not sincere in their dealings with us so we parted ways, but we heard they were performing in different venues using the name Assegai Band and our songs and they have been benefitting from the bands earnings,” he said.
Contacted for a comment Karimanzira denied the financial allegations, saying they parted ways after failing to agree on the issue of relocation. “We never stole any money but we came to loggerheads after the other guys were against the idea of us relocating to Harare. “There is a lot more money in Harare than Mutare and I said guys lets relocate to the capital but they refused,” he said.
Karimanzira, however, said he would not stop singing the songs, adding that the group would also continue using the name Assegai Band despite threats from the other group.
“I am not going to change the name and I will continue to use the songs,” he said. In the 1990s, the band Assegai Crew, ably led by talented Mutare born Stobbart Chidikano rode the ladder of success with its popular hits including Mai Bhoyi (Madam) affectionately known as Kanyama Karipi (Where Is The Meat?) that took the music arena by storm. But, years down the lane, death struck among the group, robbing the it most of its founding members, thereby crippling it.Post published in: Uncategorized