Thokozani Langa's big day

By Drum Digital
01 September 2010

THE couple is in their element, stomping joyfully to a lively wedding chant. Despite the large cheering crowd all around them, they lock eyes and seem to be caught in a world of their own. The expression on the makoti’s face tells of her joy as she makes her way over to her man.

It’s never been more obvious that maskandi star Thokozani “uSomnandi” Langais in love with his bride, Kwenzekile Langa. And while their relationship may span more than 20 years, nothing can dampen their excitement on their big day.Some 3 000 people have descended on the tranquil village of Kwagqikazi near Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, to witness the traditional wedding of Thokozani (38) and his long-time sweetheart, Kwenzekile, otherwise known as MaBasi. Word of the festivities has spread quickly through the sleepy village and villagers have gathered around the couple’s homestead to bear witness to the nuptials of one of maskandi's favourite sons. Around these parts Thokozani – who earlier this year received his second South African Music Award nomination for Best Maskandi Album – is a legend.

Waiting patiently at his kraal is the makoti flanked by her mthimba (bridal party) dressed in izidwaba (leather skirts) and amashoba (horse whips). They’re accompanied by a band of bare-breasted dancing izintombi (virgins). Kwenzekile is wearing a specially-made isidwaba isicholo (bridal hat) and ubuhlalu (Zulu beads). In her left hand she holds a miniature shield and isinqindi (dagger) as a symbol of her pledge to protect her household.

There’s great ululation when the groom leaves his homestead to meet his makoti. He is dressed like a warrior in ibeshu (animal skins) and umqhele (crown). “I wouldn’t be wearing anything but my special traditional gear,” he says about his creation which was flown in from Joburg. “It’s my special day so I had my outfit custom-made by renowned traditional designer Mhlongo from Mai Mai.”

Read the full article in DRUM of 9 September 2010

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