Ive been home for a while, resting, and yesterday someone sent me a text saying “hey you’re on tv.”
In less than 15 seconds I had the television on and I was both excited to see the insert my band recently shot and upset that the producers had not given us pre notification of its airing.
To my slight disappointment it was not Zuko Collective on my Telefunken screen but “Glori” of LoveGlori talking about the journey.
Now there’s something about the way Wanaya Visuals Company shot Sisters with Soul that makes it difficult to switch the telly off once you’ve given it even just a few seconds of your attention.
Its gripping story telling!(Helps when they stories are interesting too). As result I ended up watching, even though I own a copy of this particular episode.
I watched myself talk about LoveGlori, a movement that started because when Lerato sang to me for the first time, I never wanted her to stop (EVER)
I also saw/heard Lerato laugh for the first time in almost 7 months. I saw love in both our eyes. For music. For each other but most of all for God.
It saddened me ever so slightly because i then thought of the last time Lerato and I spoke to each other.
There was so much anger and hurt between us (there still is) that I had begun to feel negatively towards both God and Music.
I felt I had become a sinner and a liar because on 2 occassions Lerato and I had sung as LoveGlori on days where we had failed at even the basics. “Good morning.” “How are you?”
Ps: those were the wackest performances of my life.
We were fighting. More than fighting. A verbal turned physical war had manifested itself in my living room on the 27th march and like true humans neither of us would apologize.
I believe she felt left out and sidelined but after that night I felt violated.
Needless to say, due to that messy situation, there is no LoveGlori today but this note carries with it two messages.
The first is an apology/explanation to everyone who watched that funny voiced girl named Nozuko today. Many of you have sent me messages, wishing LoveGlori well. Congratulating us on our progress. Asking for links to the music.
I regret to inform you that LoveGlori disbanded. It was a conversation with big brother T from the V that made me realise the media is both our friend and our enemy for it is through media that you came to fall in love with LoveGlori (some of you only yesterday, months after her disbanding) but we were unable to use the same platform to announce the loss.
When Diliza Moabi (one of the producers of the documentary) called me about Sisters with Soul he was calling “Soulsta of SoulSociety”. A young 20year old he had met at House of Nsako in 2008. He was doing a show on soulful women in the industry and lucky for me id made enough noise to be recognised as “up and coming. ”
“Im part of a duo now” was my response. I wanted to mobilize LoveGlori and its all I was interested in talking about. Diliza loved us so much he offered to shoot a music video too. My work was done.
Now if we were in America I think our break_up would have been more of a thing. I would not have have to come back here to find the words to explain.
We used to joke about the headlines that would introduce the dramatic retells of our adventures. Lol. There would have been no need for notes. Dr Phil would have fixed everything and the magazines would have had a field day with the story of reconciliation within the sisterhood… but they didn’t and so all we had were our two little statements on facebook.
And hers: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10200573609035592&id=1019946447&__user=100005600349111
Breaking up was never part of the plan. Who plans to have a baby then terminates just as they are about to give birth?
The second message is THANK YOU! I would like to send my heart felt appreciation to everyone who has been walking and dancing with me.
Blaq Pepper (2006)
Soul Society (2008)
LoveGlori (2010 -2013)
Every instrumentalist. Evey listener. Every wanna-be manager. Every venue owner/promoter. You grow me and the music God sends to you keeps me resilient. Makwande.
I am told LoveGlori is releasing an album soon. I would like you to know that my original work will not be part of this project.It is my belief that music is a conversation with God and once recorded, the material is a preservation of that moment. Once it is released it should be a mobilizer.
At the moment,I am working on a studio album with my new band (Zuko Collective) This is part of the next chapter of my book and is a collaborative project of works composed by the Collective as a band as well as contributions from individuals within the Collective such as myself, Dylan Thomas Silk and Lwazilubanzi Mthembu.
Music is so many things to me. A sickness. A calling. A blessing. A spirit i channel. You will not stop hearing from me. Some stories you may have heard before, others we will write together.
Ato once told me that our songs are like pages torn out of our personal journals. With LoveGlori being her first born I respect her desire to honour the beginning of her journey with this offering from her journal and she does so with my blessing.
My inner stalker knows no truth beyond the lyrics to call me and when you hear monday kisses please know that that is my favourite LoveGlori song EVER!
Let us continue to tell our truths. Mine is music and no matter my flaws, no matter the challenges I face. This, my musical truth, remains my constant.God bless you all.