Mahlaba Banda concert triumphs

THE Sunduza Mahlaba concert held in remembrance of the late founding leader of the 1980s band Sunduza Boys, Simon Mahlaba Banda, was held at the Pumula Open Arena last Saturday.

SHARON SIBINDI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The event started at 6pm and ended at 10pm with different artistes performing to celebrate the life of the widely-travelled and multi-talented performer Banda.

Among the artistes that performed were Janet Wood, Albert Nyathi, Jeys Marabini, Desire Moyo and other supporting groups from Pumula, which included Yizo Yizo and Flames of Fire.

Veteran DJ Ezra “Tshisa” Sibanda was the master of ceremony.

The performances included dance and music, and also included the launch of the album Shine Like a Rainbow featuring some artistes that worked with the late Banda, such as Nyathi, Marabini, Willis Wataffi, Otis Ngwabi, Wood, Sunduza, Intombi Zomjolo and Moyo.

Some songs that took fans down memory lane include Bamba uthando lwethu, Your spirit, Mathatha, Umfazi olesizotha and Highlanders.

Banda was a huge Highlanders Football Club fan.

One of the event organisers, Nonsikelelo Tshabangu, said they did what Banda loved most and would have enjoyed. Tshabangu said the turnout was more than they expected and they were contemplating making the concert an annual event in December.

Banda was a great arts mentor, founder, producer, singer and performer. He sang one of the songs for the motion picture Power of One that was shot in Bulawayo featuring heavyweight Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman.

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