New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Dan, Patricia Still Good Friends

South African song bird Patricia Majalisa has dismissed allegations that she is no longer in good books with Dan Tshanda whom she has been working with for the past 25 years.

Majalisa who toured the country recently with Dan, said she left Dalom Music Records because she felt that she had worked with Tshanda for a long time and it was time to grow. "I started Dalom Kids with Tshanda in 1986 and we recorded a number of albums under Gallo Music Records," she said

Majalisa said they later left Gallo with Tshanda who formed his label, Dalom, which was also meant to help other up and coming musicians in South Africa. "During our days at Gallo, there were many musicians who could not record because of different reasons so Tshanda decided that we should move out to start a recording company," she said. She added that she had learnt a lot from the disco and mbaqanga legend, Dan, and early last year she felt she could make it on her own and at the same time giving other musicians a chance to also benefit from his years of experience.

"You cannot as a musician remain a child forever so I am grown up and I had to be weaned from Tshanda and that is what happened last year," she said. She went on that was disappointed by people and the media spreading rumours that she and Tshanda fought hence the separation. "I actually told Tshanda that I wanted to go to Gallo Music Records as the company has a good marketing team. Tshanda took me to the directors of the company and we made all the necessary arrangements in his presence," she said. She further explained that Dan was the producer of her latest album Emapatinias well and they agreed that he was going to continue as her music producer. "We are still together as friends in music and my album was done at Gallo with the help of Tshanda who is still my producer."

Dan also denied allegations and rumours that the two fought. He explained that his Dalom Music Records has no strings attached when it comes to musicians' freedom.

"As she has explained herself, it's me who is behind her latest album. So where is the conflict then? Her latest album Emapatini has a fusion of Dalom music flair, with an African beat and it brings a new look to the previous albums," he said

Patricia has apparently established her own music production company with the aid of Dan Tshanda called Majalisa Music Records and she is busy working with up-and-coming musicians, a hand she took from his mentor, Dan. She is also working on a video for Emapatini to be released next year as a lot of them have been asking for the videos.

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