Three musicians keeping a Maskandi legacy alive

2019-03-06 06:00
photo:suppliedBand members (from left) Mjabu Dladla, Zibonele Mvelase, and Mzo Dladla.

photo:suppliedBand members (from left) Mjabu Dladla, Zibonele Mvelase, and Mzo Dladla.

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AFTER Maskandi band Amashayina Amahle lost all its members, three local boys determined to carry on with the legacy of the traditional music in a different style took up the musical mantle. Founding member Mzo Dladla told us more.

Andile Sithole (AS): Tell us about your music group?

Mzo Dladla (MD): We formed the group in 2016 and called it Abafana Bamashayina Amahle. The first album we released was called Ngenze Baba. The title of our second album, which I think is going to be a hit, is Okomhlaba.

I am the founding member of the group. The group was formed by local boys from Msinga area [outside Greytown]. In 2004, together with Amashayina Amahle, we recorded an album and released it.

AS: How many members are in this group?

MD: There are three members [for now], namely Mzo Dladla, Zibonele­ Mvelase­, and Mjabu Dladla.

AS: As the founding member of the music group, what motivated you to take the reins from Amashayina Amahle?

MD: I wanted to revive the legacy of Amashayina Amahle.

AS: What was your role in the group?

MD: I was one of the dancers.

AS: How many songs are in your album?

MD: The CD has 11 songs. I believe that our fans will enjoy our music that is flavoured with a different style.

AS: Tell us about the love of traditional music, where is it all comes from?

MD: I grew up looking up to my brother, who was one of the artists for Amashayina Amahle. He happened to be the first person who nurtured my talent. I then decided to go to Johannesburg to meet experienced artists. I joined a music group, Shintsha Stayela, that I used as a stepping stone. However, in 2004 I joined Amashayina Amahle. After the demise of the group [Amashayina Amahle], I felt that it was important to continue and keep the legacy of the group intact.

AS: Who were some of the artists in the music industry that perhaps motivated you to follow in their footsteps?

MD: Amashayina Amahle was always my best music group.

Mahawukela, Mgqumeni, Amageza­ and Shwi no Mtekhala were some of the Maskandi artists that inspired me to carry on with my music.

AS: Is the CD on the shelves yet?

MD: We are going to launch it at Mayemaye in Johannesburg; it should be out this month [March].

As Abafana baMashayina Amahle, we promise to add a different flavour in the Maskandi music. Our fans can expect something new in the music industry.

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