Barely a month after parting ways with reggae group Wailing Brothers Band, music stable CoolPro Entertainment has entered into another partnership with Solid Rocks Band.
After splitting with the Wailing Brothers, the company embarked on a hunt for new members as it planned to form a new reggae band. But it appears CoolPro has gone against the idea and settled for the Machinjiri-based Solid Rocks Band.
Owner of CoolPro Entertainment Duffy Chikakuda confirmed the development in an interview, saying Solid Rocks Band’s experience was crucial in making the decision to partner with them.
He said they plan to hold a mega show in Zomba to officially announce the partnership once the Covid-19 threat has been contained. He said the group will be backing a CoolPro Empresses trio who will act as lead vocalists in the group.
“This arrangement will benefit the Empresses as they will be getting the much-needed support from the Solid Rocks Band. The guys are into pure roots reggae which has always been our target,” he said.
Solid Rocks Band manager Dhombo Kamba said they want to use their experience in trying to lift the ambitions of CoolPro Entertainment’s ambitions. He said apart from supporting them during live shows, the group will also be helping during studio recording sessions.
Kamba said: “We want to help them grow. They have never hidden the fact that they want to attain international recognition and that is another motivating factor for us. The potential which is there is huge and it is an exciting time for us.”
The Solid Rocks Band was formed in the early 2000s and has backed a number of local reggae and dancehall acts, including Mafunyeta, Blacka Moore, Nepman, Saint, Sally Nyundo and Bingy, among others. They have also been a regular feature in several night clubs and corporate events. For five years they were a resident band at Superior Hotel in Blantyre.