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Andy Muridzo loses 9 Jeetaz band members

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Andy Muridzo’s house is shaken after losing nine band members due to poor remuneration.

Woes continue to mount for the young musician born Andrew Kudzai Ngwenya after having a fair share of troubles with ex-wife Mai Keketso.

However, the Jeetaz Band paymaster said he remains unaffected by the latest revolt by the deserters who cited poor working conditions, low remuneration and victimisation to this publication.

The Dherira hit-maker said he has since replaced the ‘rebels’ after a stalemate over the signing of ‘professional’ contracts.
Andy Muridzo was also quick to defend his decision to fire the ‘rebels’ saying it has enabled him to clear ‘weeds’ in his garden.

“Yes it is true there was a revolt over the weekend but it’s a non-event, to say the least.

“I fired some of the band members after they refused to sign new contracts in line with our management’s stance to bring back sanity and professionalism in the group.

“We asked band members to sign contracts so that we operate as professionals.

“I wanted to put them on salaries but they refused to sign new contracts saying they wanted to be paid after every show.

“As you know, at times we don’t even get good numbers and at times we also get a bumper crowd but costs usually chew most of our revenue.
“A fixed salary is all I wanted to ensure the band members become professionals.”

The inimitable mbira player also laughed at reports he was the one fired by the rebels.

“How can they fire me when I am the owner of the project?

“Do they even know the meaning of the name Jeetaz?

“Well, if they continue using my name as they told you, I will definitely sue them,” fumed Andy Muridzo.

Asked whether there were chances of a possible reunion with rebels, he said:

“It’s now difficult because we have since roped in new people for continuity.

“If they want to come back, we will have to talk as management because we wanted to bring professionalism in the band.

“Those top groups you see doing well have contracts and most of them are getting a fixed salary and that’s what I also wanted to ensure that we bring professionalism.

“By so doing, they will be able to secure loans like most professionals but it’s sad they chose to operate in a disorderly manner.”

In another interview, the ‘rebels’ who had contacted H-Metro earlier said they had had enough of Jeetaz Band under their old boss.

“We were not getting our allowances ever since Andy roped in his new wife’s relatives in management.

“We wish Mai Keketso was around because she would fight for everyone.

“This Wednesday, we are not going to work but we will start holding our shows at City Sports Bar if all goes according to plan.

“We are going to use the name Jeetaz because it is ours since we have fired Andy Muridzo,” said one of the deserters.

Another ‘rebel’ who preferred anonymity said Andy Muridzo was neglecting their welfare after live shows.

“Imagine we were made to sleep in the open or at shows venue after he refused to pay us our daily allowances to be able to go home.

“At times we would sleep on pavements but we felt it was high time we left him.

“We have actually fired Andy Muridzo and we are not going back on our new plans.

“We have all the instrumentalists, backing vocalists like Quantum and Ashley, Sekuru Gudo, Spanner, Mabhurugwa, bass guitarist Nyika, keyboardist and congas’ player and sound engineer,” added one of the seething rebels.

When further contacted on accusations he ill-treated his employees, Andy Muridzo said:

“Honestly, I have never abused or victimised anyone as implied.

“I don’t owe anyone and I am not there to help people on how to use their salaries.

“If people are irresponsible there is nothing I can do because I would have played my part.

“I did the best for them but the only crime I committed is that I wanted to bring about professionalism in the band by making them sign contracts.

“To be honest, it’s high time we operate like professionals and the signing of contracts was the first step that we had taken but I was shocked they had other plans.

“I thought they would share the same vision with me but band members wanted things which are done in a disorderly manner.”

Meanwhile, his midweek shows at Eastpoint will go ahead even though the rebels are planning a ‘counter’ gig on the same night in the capital.H-Metro

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Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab

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Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.

In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.

I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.

I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.

Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.

It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said

In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.

We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.

I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.

Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.

“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.

“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.

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Khanyi Mbau, Kudzai Mushonga are back together again

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There are indications that the on-and-off romantic relationship between Khanyi Mbau and Kudzai Mushonga has heated up once more. The couple recently shared pictures of themselves getting cosy on their Instagram pages. One of the photos shows them snuggled up in each other’s arms on a yacht in Dubai, where Mushonga resides. In the caption, they wrote, “We might bend, but won’t break.”

Although Mbau has been in South Africa for work, she is a resident of Dubai and shares a home with Kudzai Mushonga, a Zimbabwean businessman. In another post, the couple is seen toasting with red roses in hand. Mushonga wrote, “Forever us my baby @mbaureloaded. I love you.”

In May, the couple’s relationship status was the subject of speculation after they deleted all posts of each other from their social media accounts. This came after Kudzai Mushonga was rumoured to be romantically involved with Vanja Vicentijevic.

The couple has been in the news before when Mushonga publicly expressed concern about Mbau’s whereabouts after she went missing in Dubai. It was later discovered that Mbau had returned to South Africa without informing Mushonga.

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SABC cancels 7de Laan after 23 years

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SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions have announced that after 23 years on air, the popular soapie 7de Laan will come to an end at the conclusion of season 24. The last episode will air on December 26, 2023. The SABC did not provide a reason for the show’s cancellation but stated that it will not be recommissioned for another season after season 24 ends. 7de Laan has been a beloved show since its first broadcast on April 4, 2000.

The show has been a success, spawning roadshows and cookbooks, and creating household names out of numerous actors. Despite the cast and crew being saddened by the news, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to produce a show that has touched millions of South Africans. The SABC has been having financial difficulties and has been in negotiations with various production companies, including Danie Odendaal Productions, for several months.

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