Boy II man for maskandi

2018-07-05 06:00
Maveletshisa (with a cap) performing at Harare Square promoting his latest album. Next to him is Simthembile Mandla, Andisile Roro and Mkhwanase Nogobela.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Maveletshisa (with a cap) performing at Harare Square promoting his latest album. Next to him is Simthembile Mandla, Andisile Roro and Mkhwanase Nogobela.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Ayoung maskandi artist from Khayelitsha dazzled fans with his performance during his latest album launch at the Harare Square Centre on Saturday.

Mavel’etshisa, real name Bonga Nyamakazi, from Ndlovini informal settlement in Khayelitsha, first released the album titled Igama Lam in March this year.

“As a boy, I grew up playing the guitar, singing just for fun. Even when I became a man, I didn’t stop playing ... Then in 2015, I met another maskandi artist called Hlab’elimzondayo from eNkanini in Khayelitsha, who taught me how to play it according to the maskandi genre,” he said. Mavel’etshisa (34) said he released his first album titled called Isivumelwano in 2016. Unfortunately, that album did not make the cut, he lamented.

“The latest album is about me ... I sing about things that I have experienced in life and what is happening in our society. The title song Igama Lam, speaks about me.

After the released of my first album, there was a lot of gossip and criticism of my style of music, some saying there was no prospect of the future and I was wasting my time,” he said.

“My album is very informative, educational and entertaining. It has (a) strong message,” he added.

He said he wrote all the songs on his latest offering.

The late maskandi legend, Bhekumuzi Luthuli, was an inspiration to his musical journey, he offered.

“I grew up listening to him and even imitated some of his songs. But now that he has succumbed to death, the next best things is anothert maskandi musician, Thokozani Langa. I like his style of music and I think we can make a hit together.”

However, Mavel’etshisa has blamed piracy for the demise of local music.

“I believe if there was no piracy, my first album would have reached gold (status). These people are killing us and our music,” he said.

The albums cost R70 each. Contact him on 063 359 9928.

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