Brunapeg Challengers: New kids on the block

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AFRO-FUSION music over the years has been identified with people from the small border town of Plumtree and some sections of Matabeleland North province.

DIVINE DUBE
OWN CORRESPONDNENT

Music greats such as Solomon S’kuza of the Banolila fame and Ndux Malax have emerged from this small town.

Ndolwane Super Sounds, which made a name for itself both in Zimbabwe and abroad, also emerged from the Kalanga community.

Much to their delight Afro-fusion music has replaced sungura played in the northern side of the country.

Upcoming artistes in the area have also seen Afro-fusion as a music genré for investment because of its appeal to locals.

Brunapeg Challengers, a music band formed by young ambitious musicians from Tjankuluba area, also known as Brunapeg, are the industry’s new kids.

The band based in neighbouring South Africa has emerged as a source of entertainment for the Kalanga community based in Pretoria — South Africa’s capital city.

The group, a complement to the sensational Ndolwane Super Sounds has managed to compile three music albums and videos.

The band’s latest offering Moyo Wangu featuring Zibhongelene has taken Afro-fusion lovers both in Plumtree and South Africa by storm.
Characterised by powerful guitar tunes and drums, the music is a marvel to listen to.

Unlike most Afro-fusion music lyrics regarded by many as senseless and disjointed, the group has defied all odds and proved sceptics otherwise.

They have managed to use music as a communication tool which appeals and touches on life issues ranging from love, sorrow, joy and tragedy.

The band’s leader Mbakisi Tapela told Southern Eye Lifestyle in an interview from his South Africa base that his band looked forward to tour Matabeleland and Bulawayo during this year’s festive season.

“We have a done a lot in music this side as we have not only managed to record music, but we have also compiled music videos.

“We look forward to tour Matabeleland and Bulawayo in December,” he said.

“There are many people from Zimbabwe this side and as a result we have found ourselves a ready market for our music.”

He also said he looked forward to shoot music videos for his latest album in Zimbabwe.

“I am ready to release a DVD by April next year and look forward to the make videos both here (South Africa) and Zimbabwe,” the musician confided to Southern Eye Lifestyle.

The band comprises Rowan Tapela the founder and producer, Nqobani Moyo, Dennis Dube, Elvis Moyo, Anderson Moyo, Fellington Ncube and Enerst Ncube.