HARARE – Musician-cum-comedian Freddy “Kapfupi” Manjalima has been dragged to the Labour Court by two members of his backing band, Orchestra Ndozvo, over unpaid weekly wages.
A member of Orchestra Ndozvo who refused to be identified told the Daily News that long-serving lead guitarist Luke Ephraim and bassist Taurai Pinda resorted to legal action in a bid to force the hilarious Kapfupi to honour a verbal payment agreement they entered into eight years ago.
“We did several shows without being paid which made us confiscate Kapfupi’s guitars in a bid to make him pay us,” said the Orchestra Ndozvo member who declined to be identified.
“Kapfupi reported the case at Domboramwari Police Station in Epworth. After the guitars were recovered Kapfupi fired the two longest-serving members of the group.
“Ephraim, who has been with the band for the past eight years and Pinda, who has played bass for Orchestra Ndozvo since 2009, went to court hoping to force Kapfupi pay them some outstanding benefits.”
Kapfupi confirmed the development but the two sacked Orchestra Ndozvo members were repeatedly unreachable by phone yesterday.
The former street theatre activist told the Daily News his former band members were up to no good.
“The guys were planning to destroy my band. They took advantage of the fact I was away in Chiredzi on theatre business and they illegally took away my guitars,” said the Mai Nga singer.
“They were demanding outrageous amounts including $500 for each album that I did with them. I worked with them on all my six albums.
“I refused to pay such crazy amounts that is why they dragged me to the Labour Court in Harare where we were urged to resolve the matter amicably.”
Meanwhile, Shacky “Madzibaba Shekede” Kamatira has bounced back at the Orchestra Ndozvo to replace sacked lead guitarist Ephraim.
Interestingly, Shekede was the original lead guitarist for Kapfupi’s group before leaving to join Hatfield-based Sigma Boys.