Zim band loses equipment in SA fire

Zimbabwean rhumba group Simunye Brothers recently lost band equipment valued at more than R200,000 in a fire. The equipment was kept at the house of one of the band members, Amos Jika Sibanda, who said it was a disaster for the band, which has a number of shows lined up for the month of August.

Burnt equipment.
Burnt equipment.

“We struggled to buy that equipment as it took us a year to assemble the complete playing equipment. We lost guitars, drums, speakers, amplifiers and playing regalia in addition to my personal household things,” he said. The band has appealed to the public to help them buy new equipment, saying they had worked so hard to get the equipment.

South Africa’s Yeoville police communications officer, Thabiso Malatji, said “Together with our emergency services colleagues we attended the scene where a flat burnt down. As of now we believe an electrical fault caused the incident, but investigations are still going on.”

Meanwhile, the group has managed to release its second album titled ‘Madlozi akithi’, which encourages unity. Featured songs include the title track as well as Simunye, Magrette, Batanani, Nhliziyo yami, Sizwe sakithi and Sathane.

The band shot to fame last year with their debut album titled ‘Izinto ziyatshintsha’ under the production of Zimbabwe’s top rhumba musician Allen Ndoda.

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