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By unknown | Apr 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Controversial veteran comedian and singer Vusi Ximba, whose music was barred by many radio stations for insulting women in the past, is hitting the road again.

He promises to dish out more of what has made him both famous and infamous.

The singer-comedian's lyrics have disturbed sensitive audiences because of their sexually explicit nature and gender insensitivity.

Ximba remains defiant, though, saying he sees nothing wrong with his sense of humour and lyrics.

Ximba, 72, of Abafazi Bayizifebe fame, has hit back at his detractors, demanding that his music be played on radio.

"Many people might think it's an insult but Izifebe is a true isiZulu word for women who are loose," he said. "But I respect women."

His lyrics have earned him a huge fan base that is hungry for his live performances, while some people feel he is disrespectful to women.

Ximba, who has just released a new album, Govozile, after being absent from the music scene for years, will be performing in this year's 99% Zulu Comedy Show at the Durban's Playhouse on Friday.

Despite having limited radio airplay his music is still popular, especially in the townships.

Govozile, like his previous efforts, is sure to ruffle some feathers.

"The album talks about women who don't wear panties at all," he said. "They don't sit properly, exposing their private parts and making pastors uncomfortable."

Ximba will share the stage with Trevor Noah, Simphiwe Shembe and Justice Kubheka in Durban.

He explained his long absence: "I could not walk because I had water in my lungs. After the water was drained my life became better."

Known for his sharp sense of humour and comical tunes, Ximba is based in Pietermaritzburg, where he launched his career in the 1970s. His album Siyakudumisa, released in 1992, sold more than 100000 copies.


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