Gospel star Pali ready to revive career

Controversial gospel star Sechaba Pali has smoked a peace pipe with record company mogul Tshepo Nzimande in a desperate bid to revive his floundering career.

Pali and Nzimande have been at each other’s throat for years now following accusations levelled by Pali over his royalties.

This happened when Nzimande was working at the defunct gospel powerhouse, Bula Music, as an artist manager with Pali as one of the artists under his wing.

Nzimande left Bula in 2008 and started his record label Zuzmuz Music where he signed, among others, the late gospel Lundi Tyamara and velvet-voiced singer Fikile Mlomo.

Sechaba later left Bula and instead of joining Zuzmuz Music, he opened his company with his then-wife Julia Pali, whom he has since divorced, as his manager.

While off Nzimande’s leash, Pali’s reputation took a knock after he was being involved in a series of scandals. He was arrested and convicted of statutory rape after fathering a child with a minor in Welkom, in the Free State, about five years ago.

He was also accused of leaving the popular Soweto joint Next Door restaurant without paying for his alcohol bill.

Pali’s music career also took a nosedive as parted ways with Nzimande. Bookings also dwindled.

The talented musician confirmed that he has gone back to Nzimande in an attempt to breathe life into his moribund career.

“We have been talking and we agreed that we should work together again. Another company was interested in me, but I decided to work with him again. I’m very much happy with the decision I have taken,” said Pali.

He plans to release a single under Nzimande’s label soon.

Nzimande also confirmed that he has signed the award-winning musician to his stable and that he has forgiven him for slandering him.

“He came to my house during level 3 lockdown and begged me to work with him. I only agreed when he convinced me that he has changed his wayward behavior,” he noted.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi