The revival of Wailing Brothers by the Chokani brothers of drummer Paul and lead guitarist Takudziwani has raised a lot of questions from the public as the two were also members of Black Missionaries.
So many stories have come out indicating that there were cracks in the family with the latest indicating that Paul and Takudziwani had been ‘fired’ from Black Missionaries.
And last week Wailing Brothers came out announcing that they were ready with their album titled Unfinished Project set to be launched on February 26 at Robin’s Park in Blantyre and February 28 at Lilongwe Golf Club.
The two parties have remained mum on the issue of break up maintaining that they were still together but as they say there is no smoke without fire.
Things are slowly showing that the two parties are no longer on the same page and their actions are now speaking louder.
The latest move happened over the weekend when Black Missionaries performed at Motel Domwe in Dedza and Wakawaka in Lilongwe where Paul and Takudziwani were missing.
Instead Blacks used Owen Hulera on lead guitar and Amos Mlolowa on drums.
Blacks lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani confirmed yesterday that they have roped in Hulera and Mlolowa, who are not new members to the band.
And true to his word, the two have worked with Black Missionaries on several occasions including during a time when Paul and Takudziwani left for South Africa with producer Ralph Ching’amba to record an album with an artist from Botswana.
“Wailing Brothers has been there as a band. They are intact but as Blacks we have a gap. Since we have to continue our mission after a long break we decided to fill the gap,” said Anjiru.
He said they cannot halt their performances in the absence of Paul and Takudziwani who are now busy with their project with Wailing Brothers.
“We have given Paul and Takudziwani space for them to work on their project. Amos Mlolowa and Owen Hulera are longtime members of Blacks. Actually you may wish to remember that we did Kuimba 4 with Owen in the studio and it is the same with Amos who produced Kuimba 10,” he said.
But does this mean that they have parted ways with Paul and Takudziwani?
“I cannot say whether we have parted ways or not but all I can say is that at the moment our friends have a band, they are launching an album and they will be holding shows and so we cannot not wait for them as we also have families to feed. We have to continue the mission,” said Anjiru.
He said it was up to Paul and Takudziwani to make a decision as they are now more to Wailing Brothers hence bringing in Amos and Hulera.
Takudziwani said on Monday that they received no communication from their friends on last weekend’s shows.
“We received no communication and we are surprised. We were on holiday and normally when we are starting shows we meet to plan but there have been nothing like that. Maybe it is because we are working on Wailing Brothers’ shows but still more our launch dates are end this month,” he said.
But is this not a sign that the two were not in their friends’ plans?
“I can’t say anything but sometimes action speaks louder so let’s wait and see,” said Takudziwani.
The posters of Wailing Brothers’ Unfinished Project album have sidelined Black Missionaries which also raised more questions.
During a concert organised by Abel Kumwenda of Phindu Promotions at Wakawaka in Lilongwe on Sunday, Anjiru introduced Amos and Hulera as the two new band members.
Earlier before the show, fans at the show demanded that Anjiru tell the nation the truth as to what was going on between them and the Chokani brothers.
The call was even cemented when Anthony ‘Mr Cool,’ Makondetsa jumped on stage with the Chokani brothers missing.
Makondetsa has the tradition of always mentioning the names of the Chileka family when doing the song ‘Ndilibe Mlandu’, and he never mentioned the Chokani brothers this time.
Anjiru found it difficult in an interview to say what was going on in the family.
“We are on a mission and the mission continues whether Paul and Taku are with us or not. Ma Blacks will be there even if Anjiru or Chizondi is not there,” he said.
He said they will continue to perform with Amos and Hulera as gap fillers as it will take time for them to perform with Paul and Takudziwani, who might go for more shows after the launch of their album.
Blacks finished their set with the song ‘Ndidzaimbabe,’ saying the reggae group will always be there and hailed people for patronising the show.
Chileka siblings Toza Matafale and Moda Fumulani, a brother to late Gift, who also have been curtainraising Blacks’ shows missed the two concerts.
Anjiru confirmed they were not part of the two concerts as they were more into Wailing Brothers’ projects having first curtain raised their show in Mzuzu in November last year and will also be available during the launch in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
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