Byon January 3, 2017
They made their first demos on cassette tapes in 1996, now two decades on, there’s no doubt they’ve stood the test of time and the good news is that there’s still plenty more to come
Their musical journey has been long, but the Afro-pop pair says it feels like only yesterday that they were starting up. “The road has been filled with a whole lot of emotions, roller-coaster rides, challenges, happiness, achievements and losses and gains,” Theo says.
“A lot has happened – we have achieved so much and we have been through some pain in our lives, individually and as a group.”
One of the most difficult times for them must have been when they lost their third member, Tebogo Benedict Madingoane. He was gunned down in a road-rage incident in Soweto in 2004.
Twelve years later, the pain of losing a brother and friend still lingers. “We definitely miss him and would have loved for him to be here so we could enjoy all this success together,” an emotional Nhlanhla says.
What would they say to him now if he was still around? “You were right Tebza – we are as big as you said we would be,” Nhlanhla replies. “You were right when you said we needed to work hard and keep pushing.” “Re ya ba kena (we are about to dazzle them), Tebza,” Theo adds. “He used to like cars and say that when we got big we should ride in a convoy. So I would tell him that we get to do the convoys now, once in a while, and we miss him not being part of them.”
Nhlanhla has been married to TS Records owner TK Nciza for 12 years and they have three kids, Luvuyo, Nkululekho and Thami.
The couple lost their eldest daughter, Zinathi, in a car crash in 2009 (Goodbye, baby girl, 24 December 2009).
Theo is a happily married father of a boy named Oatlegile.
Read more in the 05 January issue of DRUM.