Rhumba music sells like hot cakes

Themba Mathe, a rhumba musician who released his debut album as a solo artist at the weekend, is riding a wave of fame in Johannesburg.

Rhumba musician, Themba Mathe.
Rhumba musician, Themba Mathe.

Mathe, the composer and voice behind Plumtree-based Mokis Connection, formed his own ensemble, Boyoyo and Mthimbani Sound Blasters, last month. He followed that with last week’s release of the album “Samarongo” under the All Stars Music stable.

Released on Saturday afternoon and launched at a show in Hillbrow the same day, the six-track album sold more than 1 000 copies within two days of hitting the streets. It has also become the most played album in Hillbrow, Yeoville and Berea, areas with a commanding Zimbabwean population. Mathe was a happy man during an interview with ***The Zimbabwean early this week.

“I am humbled by the success,” he said. “People kept urging me to release an album and the sales that I have recorded so far are just unbelievable. I also continue to receive calls and messages from fans saying that the album is one of the best released here so far and I cannot express my gratitude. I wish that the support would continue.”

Mathe revealed that he would hold his last show at the Safari Hotel in Johannesburg tomorrow night. He will be playing alongside one of this year’s rhumba success stories, Clement Magwaza.

“We will do our best and those who attend will see what I am talking about. That the two top-selling artists of the year are coming face to face means that we are in serious business and the show will set the tone for the festive season,” said Mathe.

After the show, Mathe will team up with Ndux Junior in Limpopo on Saturday, before leaving for a tour of Zimbabwe to launch his album in his home area of Kezi, Plumtree, Tsholotsho and Lupane. He will perform alongside Trust Moyo's rising Africa Super Sounds.

“Copies of the album will be available at all the shows and I would like to urge my fans to continue supporting me by shunning piracy, which is killing our industry,” said the Bulawayo-born act.

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