Magogos divorce

30 November 2018
Author   Rinelda Mouton
Sensational Kwaito group, Magogos has officially parted ways. The quartet now remains with only two members. 
Magogos used to include Chubby Beats (Toto Ndameshime), Shoza (Oscar Shafa), Boby (Bobby Kuutondokwa) and Makuva (Sion Mushinga) – the “Mago-exit” leaves only Makuva and Shoza and the music community is holding its breath about what comes next.
 The group started its music journey back in 2006 and specialised in multiple genres pleasing a diverse fan base.  They were expert entertainers in Kwaito, Afro pop and Hip-Hop.  In 2014, Magogos released its debut album Anticipated BIG 4. Their first album featured big guns in the local industry such as The Dogg, Sunny Boy and Exit.
One of the group’s members, Boby said he left because he felt that he was not living to his full potential through his music career anymore.  He said in the group of young and sensational singers, he was the only one who has interest in rap music. “The other guys were more into genres such as Kwaito, Afro Pop and Dance.  I felt that what I love was not getting enough attention.  It was also not right for me to keep begging them to allow me to rap.  I decided that it is best for me to do my own thing.”
Boby plans to release his new solo project next year on 16 September. “It is my birthday. This is a very special day for me. Both my music and birthday are very close to my heart. I am so lucky and fortunate to be able to celebrate them both on the same day,” he said.
The former Magogo said that the break up was on good terms. “There are no bad vibes between the members. We are still good friends. We talked about the matter and decided that it was time for us to follow our own dreams,” he said.
Boby pointed out that his new solo music will contain messages such becoming a father, moving out of his parents’ home and overcoming some of the challenges that he experienced as a musician.
Makuva who remains with the group said he feels great that part of the group is still there, willing to make it succeed. He said the remaining two members are currently hard at work in studio to release another album. The full group was supposed to release another album earlier this year in October, but still did not do so. “The album is done, but after discussions of breaking up, the group has decided to not release it.”
The group’s new duo album will be named unfinished business.
Makuva explained “Our new music will contain House and Afro Pop tunes.”
For Makuva now being in a two member group is a little challenging. He said that things are different and he often misses the other members. “Now that we are only two things are not easy. It can sometime be difficult. The great vibe that all four of us used to have is not there anymore. Still, we can make it if we take things one day, and one step at a time.  We are determined to make our efforts a success and keep the good name of the group alive,” he said confidently.
One fan, Beverly Hoeksema said she is not pleased that the group won’t be releasing songs together anymore. She however is looking forward to their new music. “I love their music. I enjoyed their voices together. I will miss that. I am also excited to hear more about their new music. It is true that things can’t always stay the same. Many groups have already parted ways, so I need to make peace,” she said.


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