Mathe in the studio

Rhumba maestro, Themba Mathe, has been in the studio recording a solo album with his new group, Boyoyo &Mthimbani Sound Blusters.

Still untitled, the six-track album recorded at Turbo Lounge features the hit song ‘imali kayikho’ (no money), which Mathe wrote to address money problems expressed by so many of his compatriots.

“My songs focus on life challenges as a result of a shortage of money. We have seen our culture and religion disappear because of money problems,” said the soft-spoken Mathe.

He says the album is his best since he ventured into professional singing 13 years ago. It features Ndebele and Khalanga songs. He became popular with his award-winning hit song ‘Irene’ while still leading Plumtree-based group, Mokis Connection.

He released 13 albums with Mokis Connection, including Umahlalela, Basi Boy and Jiva Malayisha. The album will be launched on December 10 at Mthwakazi Bar. On the same day Mathe is set to host a joint show with fast-rising young star Trust Moyo of Africa Super Sounds.

The duo has also planned a series of shows in Zimbabwe during the festive season. Moyo vows to give his countrymen a new taste of Rhumba.

“We have been learning a lot from big guys like Nicholas Zakaria and other Sungura kings. Now I am mature and ready to share the stage with whoever comes my way,” he said. Moyo has released two albums – Impumelelo and Akelingitshele.

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