After a two-year hiatus, celebrated reggae outfit Black Missionaries Band says it will release Kuimba 11 album early next year.
Band leader Anjiru Fumulani said on Monday that they decided to give themselves ample time to prepare the ground to produce good music for their fans to appreciate.
“Music is not [about] releasing an album every year; it is about producing good material that will leave a legacy. That is why we are giving ourselves enough time so that the messages in the [new] songs should remain relevant for years to come,” Fumulani said.
He said that their priority now is to hold as many shows as possible, saying that is a way of sustaining the bond with their fans and learning what people want from them.
He, therefore, urged the group’s fans to remain patient, saying the next album would be a bombshell that suits everyone’s tastes.
On whether the delay to release the new album was a result of the departure of two band members, Paul and Takudziwani Chokani, Fumulani said:“I cannot say that is the reason, because nothing has changed since they left.
“Most of the music projects were done by us the family members. So, leaving of some members has not affected us in any way. In fact, it has given us impetus to soldier on with our mission.”Fumulani stressed that the album will still carry the Kuimba label, saying this is what music lovers’ associate the Chileka-based reggae group with.
The Kuimba tag was initiated by Black Missionaries founder Evison Matafale, who died on November 27 2001 after releasing Kuyimba one and two.n