Mbhaqanga show in at K‘Litsha

2017-11-16 06:00
wMaskandi festival promises to be a bigger affair than previous concerts.

wMaskandi festival promises to be a bigger affair than previous concerts.

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The second edition of the Radio Zibonele Maskandi festival promises to be a bigger affair than previous concerts.

Heavyweights like IGobelempundulu, Ichwane Lebhaca and Mbuzeni will descend on Khayelitsha on Saturdayb like wildfire, putting flames in the hearts of music lovers.

Station manager Mawande Jara said the festival was well-loved by the musicians.

“Compiling this line-up was very difficult because every maskandi singer in the country wants to come and perform here,” he said.

The event started last year but it has become a “talking point in maskandi circles”.

Jara said the show was necessitated by “listener’s calls” who demanded their piece of traditional music. He said the event doubles up as a fundraiser for the station.

Jara said this year they have reduced ticket prices to accommodate every one.

Seven locak groups will also be taking part in the fare.

“It is part of our mandate as a community radio station to promote local artists,” Jara said.

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.

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

Maskandi was, for a time 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 blues.”

Nowadays, this description does not necessarily ring true, as it is no longer just the domain of men.

African women - notably the late Busi Mhlongo - are also making a foray into Maskandi music.

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

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

Maskandi music can be heard in more urban cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town, it is also largely played by the 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. Tickets cost R100 and available from the Shoprite Computickets. Call 0846267910 or 0846267916 for more details.

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