AWARD- winning Imbube (African Acapella) group Amaqaqa is set to hold a show in South Africa on 29 April in a double-edged positive mission that will see them record their third album, which is a fusion of gospel and Imbube.
The group is yet to come up with a title for the album.
Amaqaqa leader Khulekani Khabo said: “This will be more like killing two birds with one stone because we will be going to South Africa to also record our third studio album. Our fans there have been craving to see us perform so we decided to hold a show there. Afterwards we will record our new album. At the show we are going to give them a taste of our album but it is not the launch,” said Khabo.
The acapella group won Best Outstanding Imbube Acapella act at the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards held on 24 December last year.
The show will mark their first performance this year after having last taken to the stage at the end of 2022 at the Bulawayo Theatre showcasing their Ubuciko Bomlomo production.
Speaking on their captivating stage performances where they will be wielding knobkieries, Khabo said: “It consolidates our identity, cultural symbol of authority and also the group’s melodious tunes and sizzling movements on stage which earned us another award (Outstanding Imbube/ Acapella Group/Act) at the (RoilBAA) awards ceremony. Ubuciko Bomlomo was a show we did recently in December that showed off our excellence in our native language.”
People from various countries attended the show.
“The crowd was amazing and I was shocked to see people from Botswana and South Africa in attendance,” he said.
Khabo said the inspiration behind Ubuciko Bomlomo was that it identifies who Amaqaqa are, they would sing in different languages that include Ndbele, Shona and Venda throughout the performance
He said what delayed the online premiere was that they were editing and perfecting the video.
“We wanted the video to be perfect for people who did not attend the show and for those who attended the show we wanted them to relive the moment twice,” said Khabo.