Deserted Apama says he will rise again

HARARE - Perennially troubled Apama Styles founder and leader David “Apama” Machowa whose group members left him to form their group Madness Styles said the desertion will only strengthen him.

Poor wages and lack of adequate welfare programmes led to Apama group member’s flight.

“All the band group members have deserted me to form their own group but still life has to move on my side. I will recruit new members and carry on with what we know best on stage,” said Apama.

He likens himself to megastar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi.

“This is not something new in the showbiz industry, even Tuku at one point ran out of band members but that did not derail him to be what he is now today,” he said.

The desertion came at a time when Apama was trying to recover from the sad memories of fatal accident on his way from Mozambique. The accident killed two of his group members Never Sibanda and Tenjiwe Ngwenya.

Several groups and well-wishers sympathised with Apama and contributed some money.

The deserting members said Apama was inconsiderate after the accident.

“It is painful that Apama shamelessly gave injured members $22 each as compensation fee and $30 each to the rest of the group. The $30 covers five months,” they claim.

The group said Apama Styles was raking in a lot of money from concerts as the group used to perform six days a week.

Terrance Gomo, Joseph Musariri, Innocent Mili and Shame Katambani are some of the members who deserted Apama.

“We have been patient for a long time, we thought Apama as an adult and a leader will take care of our welfare but he is very inconsiderate,” said Gomo.

The Daily News managed to read some phone messages which were exchanged between Apama and his group.

“There is one thing I know that I did nothing wrong to you. Sorry if I have offended you guys but only God knows, thanks,” read part of Apama’s message to the group.

The other message from the group member to Apama reads “Apama sha paunorasika haupaone, iwe unochena ini ndine bhutsu imwe.....ko mari yatakaita kuCity Sports yakaendepi?

Apama Styles was a force to reckon with on the dance scene with their dances which are almost similar to internationally-acclaimed Iyasa.

They performed at this year’s edition of the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa), leaving fans asking for more. Music promoter Biggie Chinoperekwei said the group’s desertion of their master is not something new in the dance sector.

“The move is common with the local dance groups,” he said.

Harpers Mapimhidze of Dancers Association of Zimbabwe said band leaders should pay their employees.

“We are not encouraging leaders to use dancers for nothing, it is not good and they should try to be fair and loyal to their subordinates always. A dance group is often considered one because of its dancers,” said Mapimhidze.

However, the fresh Madness Styles told the Daily News that the group is ready to redefine the dancing industry in Zimbabwe.

“Apama is selfish, he centralised all the interesting roles for himself, we are going to work on his mistakes to create a better industry,” said former group member Gomo.

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