Amayenge have dominated Zambia’s music scene for the almost two and half decades by embracing all the 73 tribes of Zambia and making the entire nation feel a part of their unique vibe. They are without a doubt, the most versatile and successful band in the history of Zambian music.
The band has continued to perform in Zambia and other southern African countries. Their membership has changed somewhat in recent years but news reports from the Times of Zambia, Zambian Post and Zambia Daily Mail routinely report their activities. A recent report is typical of news accounts of the band:
...the ‘Never-fading’ Amayenge Asoza did not have to wait until the whole arena was filled with fans before they started unleashing their collection gathered over a period of 20 years. With such a record, no one could resist the Amayenge, led by Alice Chali, when the crew delivered a two by two circle dance.
Kalindula is a Zambian musical style that was originally played on "banjos" (pronounced 'bahn-jos'), a 4-stringed bass (called 'mbabadoni' or 'kalindula'), [ngoma] drums, chisekele shakers and metal bells. Western guitars and percussion have replaced the homemade banjos and drum sets used previously
Current Band Members: Alice Chali (Dancer/Vocalist, Obert Chali (Vocalist/Dancer), Emmanuel Kayeji (Dancer/Vocalist), Bester Mudenda (Dancer/Vocalist), Jonathan Nthanga (Lead Guitar), Mathews Mulenga (Rhythm Guitar), Joseph Mwamba (Drums), Davy Muthali (Percussionist), Chabala Chitambo (Percussionist), Donald Njovu (Percussionist), Eddy Moto (Sound Engineer), Sam Chiluba (Bass)
Fraser Chilembo - Band Manager
The band is also included on the following recordings:
June 29, 2001 - August 17, 2001
August 25, 2001 - November 23, 2001 - "Ngoma awards: Who grabs what?"
May 17, 2003 - December 19, 2003
August 20, 2004 - September 18, 2004
January 14, 2006 - February 17, 2006
http://www.times.co.zm/news/archives.cgi?category=20&view=1.14.06-2.17.06Zambia Daily Mail:
http://www.zamnet.zm/newsys/news/viewnews.cgi?category=39&id=1135154959Zambian Post - Thursday December 21, 2006
"Artistes converge at Mumana for Valentines"
By Augustine Mukoka, Joseph Mwenda and Pictures Thomas Nsama
Thursday February 22, 2007