A masikhandi group is relieved that some of lockdown regulations are lifted and they can perform to promote their music.
The co-founder of Abashokobezi, Bonginkosi Sibiya (23) said the group had been struggling during the lockdown.
It released its first album of 12 tracks, entitled Ekhulukuthu, in November last year, but its promotional plans fizzled out with the onset of lockdown.
“We were aiming to promote the album this year,” Sibiya said. “We were planning to return to the studio next year to make another album. But all these dreams evaporated.”
He stated it is especially difficult for artists to survive if they solely depend on their music.
Sibiya said all the album’s songs were composed by the group.
“We sing about what is happening in our society, such as gender-based violence and crime,” he said. “Our music is suitable for everyone.”
Sibiya named the late masikhandi artist Mgqumeni as his role-model.
The group is originally from KwaZulu Natal and came in Cape Town early this year seeking greener pastures. Sibiya said they shared a stage with various well-known artists, including Ihashi Elimhlophe, Khuzani, Mroza, Deborah Fraser and kwaito star Professor.
He said a copy of Abashokobezi’s album is available for R80. Anyone wishing to book the group or buy their album can contact their manager, Sithembele Xhinti, on 083 846 0690