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BUSI MHLONGO (article first published : 2006-05-28)

The Busi Mhlongo Band returns to the Rainbow stage after their rocking concert in October 2005. The performance takes place on June 4.

Besides Busi Mhlongo on lead vocals expect a powerhouse performance from her new line-up. Keyboardist Barney Bophela, best known for his work with the 80's group Stax as well as with Sipho Gumede and as a member of Caiphus Semenya's band ,has joined the group for these concerts. Another new addition is maskandi Mlungisi Msomi who has taken up the role of the late Spectre Ngwazi on acoustic guitar. There has also been a reshuffle in the backing vocals department with the return of Phuzekhemisi band member Mzonjani Shezi and another regular singer in previous Mhlongo bands, namely Silindile Ntini. The third backing vocalist is Ayanda Zulu.

Back from the October concert are lead guitarist Zoco Dimande from Mozambique, long time collaborator Susan Barry on keyboards, rock solid S'Busiso Mndaweni on bass guitar and Chicco Ndima on drums.

“With such a diverse and strong line-up of musicians you can expect to hear all the hits off previous Busi Mhlongo albums Babhemu, Urban Zulu and Freedom,” says Rainbow co-owner Neil Comfort.

Doors open at 12h00 with the first set from 13h00. Tickets R70 (R50 Jazz Club Members). Rainbow Restaurant is at 23 Stanfield Lane in Pinetown. More information on 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044.




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