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TimesLIVE: Zulu Warriors – A white kid on my stoep

Published on 20 May 2015

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][IN THE NEWS] “In 2009, a teenaged David Jenkins made the 170km trek from Empangeni to Durban on a mission to find someone who could teach him to play the accordion like the maskandi greats,” Santham Pillay writes in a recent article in the Times newspaper. “He found an eager tutor in maskandi legend Maqhinga Radebe, whose career started in the 1980s.”

Radebe and Jenkins apparently first met in a Durban studio owned by Sibongiseni Tshabalala, a member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. They immediately played together, which Jenkins describes as “a really awesome moment”. The older musician says of his first gig with Jenkins:

“On that first day I remember I was very proud,” says Radebe, “He really surprised me. In my life I only know one white person, Johnny Clegg, who can perform maskandi music so well.”

Read the full article here.

  • Catch Qadasi & Maqhinga at The Vic on 4 July at 7pm and at The Rhodes Club on 5 July at 8pm and 6 July at 9pm. Book here.