HARARE – Raunchy dancer-cum-musician Beverly Sibanda aka Bev will today officially launch her debut album, Tapinda in Harare with rumours that former Mutodi Stars band members are joining her Sexy Angels.
Tonight’s album launch at City Sports Bar will graced by South African music star Freddy Gwala who contributed on a duet song on the album. Gwala will share the stage with Bev in one of her recent exciting musical collaborations.
Apart from Gwala, hot local chanter Shiga Shiga will also grace the album launch as he collaborates on two duet songs with the diva.
But for Bev, her alluring effect is just hard to ignore even when she is just a green horn in the music circuit.
Just after pre-launching her musical career this week in the capital at Private Lounge, she has not yet lost the touch and is destined for greater levels in the showbiz following rumours that ex-Utakataka and Mutodi Express band members Spencer Kumulani and Gaison Sixpence are set to join the Sexy Angels.
This follows a persistent dry spell for band members at Mutodi Express as their leader and financier Energy Mutodi struggles to continue with the band amid a myriad of legal battles against his estate agent company.
Mutodi is embroiled in a fraud case in which he is suspected of having swindled more than
10 000 prospective home seekers in Harare and Mutare.
Kumulani, Sixpence and Shiga all used to play at Peter Moyo’s Utakataka before Mutodi lured them to his band.
Shiga is already working with the Sexy Angels and has participated in Bev’s new album, Tapinda.
Shiga said band members were leaving Mutodi Express because the struggling businessman-cum-musician is quitting music to concentrate on his businesses.
“Spencer is coming for sungura, he will be playing his music alongside Bev, but however things are still being sorted out,” he said.
Harpers Mapimhidze, Sexy Angels manager could neither confirm nor refute the development.
“Since Bev launched her debut album yesterday, the challenge awaiting her is to put together a live band and we need artistes who can play live instruments because nowadays music is all about live performances.
“As of now it is official that Shiga Shiga is now ours,” he said, adding the group is now working on a second album. Our main target is to release more songs such that it will be easier for us to stage concerts using a live band.”
Kumulani downplayed the issue saying he is still loyal to Mutodi Express. “Since Mutodi revealed that he is about to quit music so that he can pay more attention to his businesses, we are planning something bigger with him.
“As of now I am rehearsing songs with Mutodi Express meaning to say chances for me to join Bev are slim,” said the former Gakamoto Jumbo Stars member.