Izolo a Trip Into the Past
PROFILE Children of Nandi are a husband and wife duo based in Switzerland. The band was formed in 1983 in Hamburg, Germany by Themba Ndlovu - a bassist and vocalist from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Jabu Zikalala lady singer and dancer from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and Samora Hlatshwayo, a singer and dancer from Msinga, Kwazulu/Natal in South Africa. They worked in collaboration with Curvin Merchant (alias Jamaica Papa Curvin) who was the founding drummer together with the amazing keyboardist, Theo Khumalo from Mzinto, Kwazulu/Natal and another keyboard wizard: Burkhard Plenge alias Doctor Bogarth, together with Liberian born George Nyemah Williams. Children of Nandi worked with a couple of session musicians in the Hamburg In 1986 they released their first single in Zimbabwe entitled 'Meet Me in Zimbabwe' which had such an impact in the music industry thus influencing a number of local musicians in the unique style. This followed whith other songs such as 'Vanamai (Imi Munosara Nana?', 'Lalelani', Radio Africa and 'Release Mandela' Despite of the nine years of silence without releasing anymore songs, Children of Nandi are still a household name in the native country of Themba Ndlovu. Their music which was released on vinyl as singles was only released in Zimbabwe through Themba and David Ndlovu's Silent Noise Recordings /Pvt) Ltd on the MASHOLOPOTE label and released marketed and distributed by Gramma Records and ZMC. After seven years touring in the German -speaking territory till 1990 when they moved to Zimbabwe where they started a family. In Zimbabwe, they quickly settled. They are back in Europe since seen years together with their three daughters, Nongoma, Thembi and Nandi who are a musical force in their own right; members of the music group 'Day By Day'.