Sunduza plots roaring comeback

BULAWAYO - Sunduza Dance Theatre has just put finishing touches to their third album titled Sunduza Buya which the Bulawayo imbube outfit hopes will revive the waning fortunes of their internationally-acclaimed brand.

The forthcoming 11-track album, that features guest artistes like Jeys Marabini, Willis Watafi, Otis Ngwabi, Albert Nyathi, Desire Moyo and United Kingdom-based Janet Wood, pays tribute to the late founder of the group Simon Banda who passed away in December 2012.

Group spokesperson Leeroy Sibanda is hopeful that Sunduza Buya will mark their forceful return to the local showbiz scene after several years of inactivity.

“As the title track suggests we hope to mark our return on the showbiz radar as we have not been active locally for a while although we have done a few shows internationally,” said Sibanda.

“The album will be a befitting tribute to our founding father Simon Banda.

“We finished recording and the album is currently being mastered in the United Kingdom.

“Hopefully by June we will be officially launching it here.”

Sibanda added that the Bulawayo imbube outfit was delighted by the participation of Woods on the album recorded at Ingwe Studios in the City of Kings.

“Every musician we featured on this tribute album including Woods collaborated with the late Banda one way or the other before he passed on,” said the Sunduza Dance Theatre spokesperson.

Sunduza Buya is predominantly in Ndebele though some tracks carry English and Shona lyrics.

Besides music, the 12-member group also specialises in dance and theatre.

“As a community group we also involve members of our community in some of our productions and that has helped us identify and groom local talent,” Sibanda added.

Sunduza was formed in 1985 after pupils at St Bernard’s Secondary School in Bulawayo’s Pumula Suburb decided to venture into imbube music genre that was en vogue then.

Due their spectacular success, the young group ended up giving established imbube outfits like Black Umfolosi and Umdumo Wesizwe tough competition.

After a few years of active involvement on the competitive City of Kings circuit, Sunduza Dance Theatre thrust themselves onto the international stage.

They gained international recognition after doing many tours between 1992 and 2002 that enabled the group to perform at acclaimed festivals such as Womad, Edinburgh and Glastonbury.

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