Black Muntu

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Black Muntu
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Leo (l) and Mwemba (r) on the Wisakamana album cover in 1999 as Black Muntu
Background information
Years active1999 (1999)–2005 (2005)
Past membersMwembe Chulu
Leo Bweupe

Black Muntu was an urban rap group with a massive following across Zambia. The group was made up of two members namely Mwembe Chulu and Leo Bweupe. They were commonly known as the ‘Kings of Kalifunku’, a musical style they themselves invented.

Duo career

The duo made their musical mark when they released their debut album called "Wisakamana" in December 1999. The album earned them a household name in the country’s music scene. Before they parted ways, they released their second album "Kokoliko" on 23 May 2002 under Mondo Music label. The two albums are renowned for having songs like ‘Mayo Wandi Wachibili’, ‘Chanigwila Kumoyo’, ‘It’s Ok’, ‘Chibeibe’ and ‘Kabudo’.

Solo careers

Mwemba and Leo then went on to pursue solo careers.

In May 2011, they reunited after nearly a decade of separation. The group featured on the 'Black and Beautiful - Kalifunku Mix' song on Yesu Culture's ‘Sikwendaba’ album. They also featured on ‘The Rhythm Nation Project Vol 1’, as well as on the single ‘Usi Nisaabu' with Suke Chile.

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