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Nyamandi's Four Brothers revival hits snag

February 19, 2014

Richmore Tera



Efforts by vocalist James Nyamandi to revive the Four Brothers seem to be stalled after promoters and music lovers proved lukewarm in supporting the band founded by the late lyricist Marshall Munhumumwe.

Nyamandi said his dream of perpetuating the music legacy had been dealt a severe blow, and he had spent a good part of last year focusing on farming.

Nyamandi had been banking on the deal that he struck with Munhumumwe's son, Marshall Junior, early last year to assume leadership of the Four Brothers Band.

"Although we have has some differences in the past with Marshall, we finally reached an agreement, which allowed me to be the leader of his late father's band, while he focused on the managerial side of things," said Nyamandi.

"Sadly, this didn't work out and nothing worthwhile came our way last year. We expect music promoters, sponsors, venue owners and recording companies to live up to their names as the proponents of the music industry but, unfortunately, they were not as forthcoming as we expected and hence I had to occupy myself with farming," said the singer.

Nyamandi first rose to prominence in 1997 after Munhumumwe suffered a stroke a development that saw him assuming the rÔle of lead vocalist with the Four Brothers because his voice bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Munhumumwe.

He released a number of albums with his Makombe Brothers outfit and has been locked in a protracted dispute with Marshall Junior over copyright issues.

Nyamandi did the lead vocals on the Four Brothers' Zvehama album in 2002, after being asked to do so by the members of the outfit. However, his last album, Marambadoro released in 2012, failed to make an impact.


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Source: Zimbabwean, The


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