Maskandi musicians at MiTH

Qadasi & Maqhinga 7

MASKANDI magicians, Qadasi & Maqhinga  (pictured) will be the headline act at this week’s edition of Music in the Hills (MiTH) at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton.

Hailing from Empangeni, this acoustic duo is on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional maskandi music.

David Jenkins, aka Qadasi, is an accomplished guitarist, concertina and banjo player, who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age.

This interest and love in traditional music grew over the years, and, after matriculating in 2010, he released his first studio album through Sande Entertainment headed by Sibongiseni Shabalala of Grammy Award-winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

His second album, released in 2014, was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA) and SATMA (South African Traditional Music Award).

And in 2015, Qadasi received a KwaZulu-Natal Young Achievers Award for ‘social cohesion through maskandi’.

Maqhinga Radebe began his career as a maskandi musician in the mid eighties and has received numerous awards for his skills, including SAMA and SATMA Award nominations.

He has performed in Zimbabwe, England, the United States and throughout Southern Africa, appearing with Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phuzekhemisi and Soul Brothers, amongst others. He is also well-known as the guitarist in popular maskandi group, Shabalala Rhythm.

The two musicians met in Durban in early 2010 and after a ‘jam session’, started performing together, travelling around SA and abroad to share their music.

They also released Lashis’ Ilanga, an album which fuses traditional maskandi and western folk music, which wqas nominated for a 2017 SAMA for best traditional album and a SATMA for best male group.

Opening the evening’s entertainment on Wednesday, September 11, at 7 pm will be Da Boidies, which includes the talents of Ilan Lax, Charles Webster, Barry Meintjes and Michael Webster.

They will be performing a selection of folk-rock originals and a cover of John Lennon’s Imagine.

Next up will be the Johannesburg-based band, What We Are, who offer music lovers a blend of sassy soul, roots rhythm, and acoustic melodies with a bright streak of lyrical activism.

Composed of Natalie Baxter (Swedish vocalist, songwriter and ukulele player) and Nic Lansdell (South African percussionist), they have been jamming together since 2013, creating songs that reflect the current times.

Taking to the stage just before Qadasi & Maqhinga will be the Hinds Brothers Band, a folk rock group fronted by singer and songwriter brothers, Aden and Wren Hinds, who hail from the South Coast.

Doors open at 6 pm and the music starts at 7 pm. Entry is R40 at the door. Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Visit for more details and directions.


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