Second time lucky for Max

Twenty-eight-year-old Marvellous ‘Max’ Sibanda has finally released his debut album Ongiholayo following his first unsuccessful attempt in 1998.

Marvellous ‘Max’ Sibanda is happy with his debut album.
Marvellous ‘Max’ Sibanda is happy with his debut album.

His first shot at an album flopped under mysterious circumstances when all of the data from his recordings disappeared. “I can’t really explain what happened,” the young singer said.

His new album is an ambitious mixture of Shona and Ndebele songs, including wedding hit song, Babambanise (Bring them together), together with gospel songs Nkosi Yami, Mzalwane, Ezulwini Tarirai Ishe, Hakuna akaita saJesu and a Zulwini a bonus track.

“This is my debut album, and I am convinced it’s a great job. The album enjoys continued airplay here in SA and Zimbabwe,” he said.

Sibanda has worked with groups like Plartform One, Amawaba, Abangcwele (UCCSA), Tholakele of Amakholwa Amahle, Wilson & Vuyo. They usually perform on the streets of Johannesburg’s suburbs, Hillbrow, Yeoville and Joubert Park.

The musician lamented the disunity among Zimbabwean artists. “What affects us a lot as artists is that we not united. There are other established artists who are threatened by upcoming artists so they refuse to help us develop into professional players,” he said.

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