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Entertainment - Date: 18 March 2018
Written by: Silas Nduvheni / Viewed: 9603
The legendary traditional Tshivenda group, Adziambei Band, recently received R90 000 from the Department of Arts and Culture.
The co-founder of the group, Mr Elias “Maele” Sirwali, was on cloud nine after receiving the windfall. He said now that they had some funds, plans were afoot for recruiting youths to join them. They want to teach them their music, to ensure their music continued to be preserved when old band members had passed away.
“We want our legendary music to live forever, and that is why we want to teach the future generations. Our band mainly consists of aged members and we encourage young people to keep the band going stronger,” said Sirwali.
They recently organized a big celebration at the Guyuni Prayer Centre of all Nations, showing the communities that the band was still strong after their humble start in 1982.
“We will have to use the donation to buy equipment, which we will use to practice and when we perform at some events. We used to travel long distances to practicing our music as we don’t have a vehicle to ferry us, but things will change for the better from now,” added Sirwali.
The group was the 2012 the winner of the Tshivenda Music Award, with the song of the year, Nwana o ngala ngala. The band has four members: Elias Sirwali, group leader, Samuel Mabuda, Johannes Kwinda and Ms Sarah Masindi.
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Members of Adziambei band dance after receiving funds from the Department of Arts and Culture.