Macheso's band members to miss SA and UK tour
2012 June 06 14:56:51 | 2898 ViewsSungura artist Alick Macheso might travel for shows in South Africa and United Kingdom without two of his key band members who do not have passports.
Macheso is expected to perform in Johannesburg and Pretoria at the end of this month and tour UK in July, but his dancer Peter Kagomera and guitarist Divine Muzenda have no travelling documents and are unlikely to be part of the sungura musicianâ€™s entourage.
The band's manager William Tsandukwa assisted other band members get passports ahead of the tour, but could not do so for Kagomera and Muzenda because they do not have adequate documentation.
Tsandukwa confirmed Kagomera could not acquire a passport because his mother, who has his birth certificate at their rural home, was unco-operative.
Kagomera, who was a street kid for the better part of his childhood, was said to have a sour relationship with his family members.
In Muzenda's case, Tsandukwa said the guitarist would not travel with the band because of health complications.
But the manager was initially furious and seemed uninterested to talk about the issue.
Tsandukwa did not want to reveal the name of the guitarist, but sources within the band revealed Muzenda was the only guitarist not on the tour list.
Sources also revealed the guitarist did not have a passport. Muzenda was part of Macheso's band that performed at Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza last Friday.
Both Kagomera and Muzenda refused to talk to NewsDay saying they were under strict instructions against engaging the media.
Speculation is rife Macheso wants to lure his former dancer Franco "Slomo" Dhaka, who defected to Sulumani Chimbetu early this year, to replace Kagomera on the tour.
At the Friday show, Macheso hinted Dhaka was approaching his management with an intention of rejoining the band.
When former Orchestra Mberikwazvo guitarist Innocent Mjintu made a surprise appearance on stage, Macheso took the opportunity to notify fans about Dhaka's alleged U-turn.
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