Men’s choral group on the up

2016-05-06 06:00
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CASHBANK Promise group, started in 2009 by unemployed young people, singing isicathamiya music (Zulu a capella) in Umzimkhulu and surrounding areas. It consists of 24 young men from Cashbank village in Umzimkhulu.

Culturally and traditionally their music is influenced by Zulu indigenous beliefs which express hope, strength and power.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are the most notable performers of isicathamiya.

Cashbank Promise members say they decided to make music with the aim of reaching far, just like Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The group’s leader Winile Dlamini (24) told Fever that their music connects them with their ancestors and expresses the ubuntu concept.

“We started at a low pace, but now we are moving higher. In 2013 we competed with groups at the Durban Playhouse Theatre and now we get invitations to perform at funerals and wedding,” said Dlamini.

Although the group have not yet recorded an album, they are working on one.

Malibongwe Njiyela (20), dropped out of school early but is happy to be part of the group.

“I am looking forward to continuing with this kind of music to show and teach the world our culture,” he said.

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