Sisters make a break

THE Ngobese sisters, who sang for the female maskandi group Izingane Zoma for 15 years, have gone their own way.

THE Ngobese sisters, who sang for the female maskandi group Izingane Zoma for 15 years, have gone their own way.

Tholakele and Bongekile Ngobese are now known as Izintombi Zika Shwi. They launched their debut album, Usizi, at Buya Futhi Hostel in Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng. To celebrate their achievement, they slaughtered a cow.

The beautiful maskandi album was produced by Shwi of Shwi Nomtekhala fame. He did a sterling job.

Bongekile said: "We've been out of the scene for a while, but we are back and this time it's for good. We know that many people thought it was the end of us when we left Izingane Zoma ."

Tholakele explains further:

"We realised that things were not going anywhere and we decided to do our own thing. The album came out just the way we conceptualised it and we are happy."

The sisters are wearing very short skirts on the cover of their album and this is sure to cause a stir on the local maskandi scene.

The duo left Izingane Zoma because of a contractual dispute. The misunderstanding between the producers and the sisters began last year, just when the popular group was about to record their 15th album.

As a result of the dispute, the album had to be delayed and the producers then decided that the group's lead singer, Thandoluni Phungula, would do a solo.

The sisters had a number of meetings with the producers, but when the talks reached a dead-end, they decided to call it a day.

Bongekile and Tholakele Ngobese are releasing Usizi on September 14.

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