TWO EMERGING Maskandi artists hailing from Machunwini, in the outskirts of Greytown, are passionate about reviving the traditional music in their communities and want to urge the youth to be proud of their identity. The founders of the group, Jabulani Chonco and Mgculiseni Malembe, released their first CD called Maritzburg. The album comprises of 12 Maskandi songs.Growing up in rural areas and coming from underprivileged families has never stopped the two artists from foraging further and searching for new talent. After relocating to Gauteng to look for better employment opportunities, Malembe and Chonco decided to start a recoding company in March and released it on August 2. The name of the recording company is Amafoloi Amahle. Although the release of their first CD was met with some unexpected issues, the founders of the group said they are optimistic of a brighter future and growth in the music industry. “Our love of music began while we were at school in 2008. We continued with our work until we managed to release our first CD this month. We can only hope that our supporters will support us. “We would like to thank all our supporters for showing an interest in our music thus far. “The enormous support we get from the people out there is incredible. This is an indication that people appreciate the work that we do for our South African communities,” Malembe said. “We would also want to thank our parents, who have always been on our side to support and give us strength throughout our journey. “Other sources of inspiration are our producer Masefana Ndlovu, Halabane Mchunu, Mdlavuza Chonco, and our manager, Ntuthuko Xulu. “To all our supporters, we would like to extend our gratitude for being on our side and supporting our music,” Malembe said. Songs from the album are available on YouTube. Some of the hit songs include Obhuti abagezile, Maritzburg, and Dineo.For further details about Amafolosi Amahle, follow them on Facebook at Lalelani Malembe Nqobo or call 071 461 1583 or 079 048 8164.