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By Sam Banda Jnr

NOT OUT—Members of Ndingo Brothers Band

Lilongwe-based group Ndingo Brothers Band of the ‘Simangeni’ fame is in the studio working on their second album.

The group has not been active as regards performances but still exists with five members.

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Band leader, Namoni Ndingo, who is now 56 and started performing with the group in 1976, said Tuesday the band is intact although they do not hold live performances frequently due to financial challenges.

He said the rampant piracy which has hit the country also forced them to tone down on composing songs.

“But music is something which we love and so we could not just stay quiet hence coming out to work on the second album. We are thankful to Emmanuel Kamwenje, who has always followed us and given us the platform,” Ndingo, who plays the banjo and vocals, said.

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He said the second album will have all new songs.

“These are fresh songs and have never been on the market. We are targeting 15 songs in the album,” Ndingo said.

According to him, the album will be titled Muyipira Mjedo.

He said they recorded more songs in 1974 which include ‘Alosi Munganyade’ and ‘Kukawale Kwathu’

(Alikuti Anaphiri).

“Things have changed in the industry now looking at the way up-and-coming artists are doing but we have our own style which will continue to stand out. Our compositions are also different and that still makes us unique,” Ndingo said.

The other members of the group are Lyson Steven Ndebvuzamwayi, who is 39 and the youngest in the band, Kachitenga Khunzu, who is 47 and plays the lead guitar and 48-year-old Steven Chidzungu.

“It has been a long journey for the group and we have learnt a lot on the way. But I should say it here that we have been frustrated with the coming of memory cards where people just share songs. As artists we do not benefit from that,” Chidzungu said.

He said the group does not have music videos on the market yet.

Kamwenje, through Sterling Media Production, has been working with different groups including Madalitso Band, the duo of Yosefe Kalekeni and Yobu Maligwa, currently on a European tour.

“Sterling is a known name in the country and, one of the few producers of Malawian traditional music. Apart from Ndingo and Madalitso, we are also working with Makambale Brothers Band, Kawoza River Band, Chijere Band, The Roots and Charles Chavalamangwere Mkanthama,” Kamwenje said.

He said over the years, Ster l ing Mult imed ia Productions has transformed from a recording studio to a full multimedia production company.

“After over 18 years recording with MBC, we did produce another CD Ndilira Bwanji in 2008 with Ndingo Brothers and now we are working on this second album. A lot of people have been asking for new music from them and other bands so this is why we are in this project,” Kamwenje said.

Kamwenje said he started working with Ndingo Brothers almost the same time he started working with Madalitso Band.

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