Split rumour haunts TKZee

2009-10-19 08:20

KWAITO super group TKZee are battling talk of another split, even

before their comeback album hits the shelves.

The ’90s multi-award-winning trio ­released the single, Sdudla,

from their new album last month.

Cracks in the group started showing when group members Kabelo

Mabalane and Tokollo Tshabalala performed sans Zwai Bala in a number of shows

around the country recently, including the Levi’s Rage for The Revolution gig at

Moretele Park in Mamelodi; the Gauteng Beach Party in Mogale City; and the DJ

Mahoota vs Vetkuk & DJ Pepsi Spring Affair in Polokwane and Bloemfontein.

DJ Vetkuk said he was not told that Zwai would not be appearing

with the group, but added that he was present at the Joburg edition of the tour.

Mpho Makgetha, one of the organisers of the Mogale City event, told

City Press that he was informed that there was a scheduling clash involving Bala

on the day they went to sign the performance contract.

“But since we had started advertising the event, we decided to let

it be and let the two do the event.”

Event organiser Nisha Loots said he was informed it was going to be

­possible for Bala to make the Tshwane gig, but the performance times changed

for his other group, the Bala Brothers, who were performing at Sun City. “We

even had a chopper ready to pick him up from Sun City, but we were advised

against that since it was ­overcast.”

When contacted for comment, Bala refused to discuss the “split

talk” and referred all questions to the group’s ­publicist, Dineo Mahloele.

Mahloele admitted that she had heard about the rumours of the

split. “People noticed that Bala was missing from a number of TKZee performances

and started spreading these stories. Instead of finding out why Bala was absent,

they just thought there was trouble brewing within the group and sort of made up

their minds about it,” she said.

Mahloele added that Bala didn’t know that he was going to be so

busy before he had finished recording the latest project with the group.

Soon after the release of the single, there were concerns that as a

kwaito ­artist Bala should not be presenting SABC1’s Gospel Gold. In his

defence, Mahloele said: ‘Zwai doesn’t see any clash with presenting the gospel

TV show and being a kwaito artist.”

Controversy has always followed the multi-platinum-selling outfit.

During the recording of the long-awaited new ­album, it was reported that

Tokollo was delaying finishing the project ­because he was consistently missing

recording sessions.

This prompted the star to appear on the SABC1 show, Live, to dispel

rumours, saying the album was on course.

There was also talk of a clash of egos among the boys, who grew up

together after meeting at St Stithians College in Joburg and hit the big time

with the style of kwaito they called Guz.

The group went their separate ways after the ­poor performance of

their last album, Trinity, in 2002.

And this year they finally got into the studio to record the album

and respond to public demand for their music. Their cross-over hits such as

Phalafala, ­Dlala Mapantsula and Shibobo made them the hottest local boy band


The trio were also hounded by the taxman for tax evasion exceeding

R2 million in 2006. Their latest project, Coming Home, is ­slated for release on

­November 2.

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