They are new and fresh in the music industry and they are doing well.
Newly formed all men Afro-fusion band Ngoma Ingoma, who are riding high on local music airwaves are the latest artistes that are set to change the game in their genre.
The band which launched their nine-track live DVD album on 30 May at the Bulawayo Theatre proves to have become favourites of many in the city with one of their offerings Amalobolo proving to be common to most love birds.
Anyone who attended this year’s Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards which were held at ZITF can testify that the band which happened to be Ngoma Ingoma who were playing at the night of the awards blended very well while playing for other artistes who performed during the glamorous night.
When they performed their own composition Amalobolo, the rhythm of the song gave a quixotic atmosphere to most lovers who were in attendance, the next thing social media was ablaze with the boys’ performance.
One female fan identified as Tamara Moyo wrote on her Twitter page: “I fell in love with the band tonight at the awards, Bulawayo has a wonderful talent.”
Who are these boys that charm most Bulawayo women?
The band is made up of talented artistes that include Prince Joel Nyoni who plays auxiliary keys and also a backing vocalist, Tiyelani Chauke who plays first keys, Blessing Sitotombe who is a bass guitarist and on backing vocals.
Obey Mudiwa plays drums, Sam Siwela is the lead guitarist and also on lead vocals, Carlos Jiri is a percussionist and also focuses on lead vocals, then lastly Luke Kamanga who plays mbira and he is a lead vocalist.
Some of the band members have either backed out or played for multi-award winning gospel artiste Takesure Zamar Ncube, South Africa-based Jazz songstress Berita Khumalo, local gospel ensemble Vocal Extraordinary, to mention a few.
Why did they choose to be an all men band?
One of the members Prince Nyoni revealed that they saw it better and easier to work as guys because it increases production.
“If you are guys give each other respect such work will be done effectively. This made us work as an all-men band because production will be more effective and it promotes brotherhood,” said Nyoni.
With most of their songs on the album being both love and life-inspired, Sam Siwela who is the voice that charmed many on the Amalobolo smash hit revealed that the aim of the band was to give people quality music they can cherish forever.
“Music is meant to create memories and reflect real life scenarios, as such, Ngoma Ingoma tackle and compose what our fans can relate to either in love or life in general. We are about creating good music that gives lasting impressions to our fans,” said Siwela.
What’s next for the band?
With their songs such as Amalobolo and Mama enjoying a good share of spoils on local radio stations such as Skyz Metro FM, Star FM and Khulumani FM, the group is aiming at changing the face of local Afro-Fusion music.
Tiyelani Chauke said: “We are slowly but surely making an impact in most people’s lives and we are aiming at achieving a lot from changing the face of the Afro-Fusion genre to scooping the awards and also touring Southern Africa.”