Local duo coins it in the Samas

2017-06-01 06:00
 Khayelitsha’s Msekeli Khakha and Aseletsi Manamathela of Soul Kulture recently won Best African Adult Album at the Samas 23.

Khayelitsha’s Msekeli Khakha and Aseletsi Manamathela of Soul Kulture recently won Best African Adult Album at the Samas 23.

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A duo who began their music journey by singing busking at taxi ranks in Khayelitsha has hit the big time by winning the Best African Adult Album in the South African Music Awards.

On Friday, the afro music group, Soul Kulture received the award for their debut album Ngelinye Ilanga.

This was the second time that the two were nominated for a national award, they missed out on two nominations at the Metro Awards earlier this year.

The group started as a trio of teenage boys, Aseletsi Manamathela, Msekeli Khakha and Gcobani Ngqeshemba, who called themselves Igadi Yobomi and performed at taxi ranks and train stations in Khayelitsha in 2015.

They became an everyday feature at the taxi rank and were soon announced as one of the lucky up and coming musicians to attend the Cape Town Jazz Festival’s training and development workshop.

They carried on with their performance at events until they were spotted by Khayelitsha music promoter Lionel Jamela and they tried their luck in the City of Gold.

When Ngqembesha left the band in 2016, the remaining duo moved to Jo’burg and later released their debut album under their present name, Soul Kulture.

They were signed to the label Open Mic Productions and produced a 14 track album with mega Afro Pop producer Mojalefa Mjakes Thebe.

They captured audiences with their melodies and inspirational lyrics.

The Sama 23 was the first time that two artists from Khayelitsha were nominated with DJ Mizz missing out on the remix of the year. It was DJ Mizz second miss in the national award since he also lost in the Metros.


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