The legendary Tshivenda music group Adziambei Band have done it yet again. They released a new album, titled Gwengwelele Volume 18, which is sure to be yet another hit.
Their new album was released on Friday, 16 December. The album contains 10 tracks, among them Gwengwelele, MaAfurika, Mbulungoni and Tshimbevha.
The band’s Mr Maele Elias Sirwali said the album tackled topical issues, with the title track being not the usual gravy but rather addressing the corruption that has overwhelmed the nation. He makes it clear that while no measures are taken against those who steal from the poor, South Africa is under attack by these corrupt government officials.
“People in positions of authority and responsibility steal the meat and leave the gravy for the public while they are expecting services to be provided. Rhetorically, we mean that the people will have to wait forever for services to be provided while the government commits theft,” he added.
Sirwali said that communities were in dire need of services as they lacked access to clean water, with roads in a bad state and difficult to navigate. Loadshedding is becoming a way of life and nothing is being done to address these thorny issues.
“To our fans, this is your Christmas present. Please accept it with open hands and listen to it as there is a lot that it carries besides addressing the issue of corruption. On this album, we also touch on the importance of education for the current young generation,” he said. Sirwali said that, through their music, they tried to restore dignity to those Africans who felt ashamed of what God had given them.
“I would like to wholeheartedly express my sincere gratitude to all our supporters and urge them to continue to give us their generous support by purchasing our original music,” he said.
Adziambei Band was formed in 1982 in the rural mountainous village of Tshaanda by Mr Elias Sirwali. He was later joined by his brother, Mr Tshivhangwaho Raedani, and their first release, Midzimu ya Madimoni, set the Tshivenda music scene ablaze. The album was followed by a string of other albums containing hit songs.
The band currently consist of three members. Mr Elias Sirwali is the group's leader and founder and he is supported by Mr Samuel Mabuda and Mr Johannes Kwinda.
For bookings and those who wish to purchase Adziambei Band’s music can contact Mr Samuel Mabuda on 072 219 0041, Owen Sirwali on 072 102 5214 or WhatsApp them at 073 952 7636.