Zembani Band criticised for leaving Nepman behind on US tour

Left (Nepman) right (Lucius Banda)

Former manager for Reggae and dancehall artist, Nepman, Kabol Lombwe, has rebuked Zembani Band for traveling to the United States of America (USA) without the artist, who is a member of the band.

The Band landed in Washington DC, USA, without Nepman which has prompted Malawians to ask questions.  

Kabol Lombwe: has rebuked Zembani Band
Kabol Lombwe: has rebuked Zembani Band 

The controversy has surfaced as fingers are pointed at the leader of the band, Lucius Banda, over his failure to take Nepman onboard.

Lombwe has accused Zembani Band of sidelining Nepaman as he wrote on Facebook saying: “Kaya Nepman analakwa chani? Zembani yonse ku America kumusiya yekha? Mmbale wanga tsegula maso akuluwa akukugwiritsa ntchito. Ufiti suposa apa. (I don’t know what wrong Nepman has done. The whole of Zembani Band is in the USA leaving Nepman behind. This is beyond witchcraft).

Lucius Banda: we are not answerable to anyone 

In reaction, Banda said the band is not answerable to anyone over its decisions.

“Zembani band being a private entity, we are not answerable to anyone. If you feel like Nepman is being treated badly you are welcome to take him and treat him better," Banda said.

Nepman: Centre of controversy  

Banda further said: "A promoter invited three musicians Lucius Banda, Wendy Harawa and Mlaka Maliro. They did not invite Zembani band as it's being suggested. 

"Here in the USA a band has been organised to back all of us. That's why you will notice that even the band leader of Zembani Sam Smak has not travelled with us.

 "As for my son Johnie much as I am not answerable to nobody on matters of my personal life, he is supposed to look after me health wise.

"So you see if Kabol was reasonable he should have found out the truth before accusing us of sidelining Nepman, however this is not the first time Mr kabol has come in to say a lot of negative issues about us.

I am not apologetic, what I said came from my heart. Zembani is just like a nursery who ever sees potential in any artist you are welcome to take  support and manage them. That's how we produced all those big names in the past."

Nepman, real name, Nepier Longwe, joined Zembani Band in 2015 and has performed at many events with the Band.

Prior to joining to the group, the Blantyre-based artist produced one of the hit songs in urban music titled ‘Na lero’ with his former manager.