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Mafikizolo rocked by Nhlanhla's defection

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By Showbiz Reporter

MAFIKIZOLO have abandoned plans for a new album this year and the group's future has been thrown into uncertainty after lead vocalist Nhlanhla Nciza announced she is quitting Kalawa Jazmee to join rival TS Records.

The dramatic developments will shock the top selling Afropop group's fans across the world.

The duo of Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe form Mafikizolo, following the death of Tebogo Madingoane in a road rage incident in February 2004.

Theo expressed shock at Nhlanhla's departure, saying he knew it would happen one day, but he didn't expect it so soon.

Kalawa Jazmee executives were keeping a straight face this week, insisting that Mafikizolo was not dead.

“Mafikizolo will not be releasing an album this year because of these changes, but they will be back again next year," their producer and Kalawa executive Oscar 'Oskido' Mdlongwa told the Sowetan newspaper.

“It is not the first time that such things have happened. I am happy for Nhlanhla and it is good for her to grow in the industry."

Mdlongwa insists Nhlanhla will record with TS Records as a solo artist, but will also remain a member of Mafikizolo.

Nhlanhla shook the South African music industry last week by announcing she is quitting Kalawa -- home to groups like Bongo Maffin, T Zozo & Professor, Durban's Finest, Trompies, BOP, Thebe and Alaska -- and going to TS Records where her husband, Thembinkosi 'TK' Nciza, is a co-owner alongside DJ Sbu.

The TS Records stable also took a hit recently after Brown Dash and Ntando announced they were quitting to join DJ Cleo's Will of Steel Productions and Ghetto Ruff respectively.

The duo's departure was also met with shock at TS Records, home to artists like Mzekezeke (said retired), Sash and Robbie Malinga.

A heart-broken Theo said: "I must be honest with you, it came as a surprise to me because I did not expect it (Nhlanhla's departure) to happen so soon. I thought it would happen some time next year but I have accepted it.

“I am going into business, but I am not in a position to divulge my future plans for now.

“We will not be releasing any album this year because of these changes, but we will still be together as a group and I wish her all the best of luck in her new endeavours."

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