Maskandi sounds to hit the Cape

2016-10-27 06:00
 Thokozani Langa

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Maskandi heavyweights are polishing their acoustic guitars and concertinas as they prepapre for the inaugural Radio Zibonele Goduka Nolali Music Festival taking at OR Tambo Sports Complex on Saturday November 5.

Ntebaleng Shete said the excitement was brewing from all corners of the Cape Metro.

“Maskandi music lovers have been deprived of seeing their icons in action and now we have brought them here,” said Shete.

Nationally acclaimed singers like Inkunzemdaka, Thokozani Langa, Intombethongo and Tshuzantombi will share the stage with other up and coming groups from the Cape Flats and surrounding areas.

Shete said this was done to harness local talent and give them a platform to rub shoulders wuth the greats in the genre.

Once described as “The music played by the man on the move, the modern minstrel, today’s troubadour. It is the music of the man walking the long miles to court a bride, or to meet with his Chief; a means of transport. It is the music of the man who sings of his real life experiences, his daily joys and sorrows, his observations of the world. It’s the music of the man who’s got the Zulu blues.”

Nowadays this is untrue in as much as it is no longer just the domain of men. African women - notably Busi Mhlongo - are also making Maskandi music.

Maskandi music is largely popular and mostly consumed in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, given its rich Zulu heritage and significance to the Zulu tribe.

Looking at the genre from a record sales point of view. Maskandi happens to be the 2nd top selling genre in South Africa, after Gospel music.

Although Maskandi music can be heard in more urban cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town, it is important to note that it is largely the played by migrants who come to the big cities to seek a better quality of life and better employment opportunities.

Shete added that the show will be a ten hour marathon and she urged people to grab their tickets early to avoid disappointment. “People must buy tickets early and because there is huge interest in this one,” she said. Tickets cost R150 and available from the Shoprite Computickets or througj Zacio.

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