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MATSHITSHI FOR BAT MASKANDA (article first published : 2003-06-5)

The first Friday of each month has fast caught on as Maskanda evening at the BAT Centre. Here a different Maskanda group is in the spotlight each month, entertaining audiences as they relax on the centre’s popular deck overlooking the harbour.

Presented with funding from the National Lottery Trust Fund and managed as a development project by the Bees Consulting Group in collaboration with co-sponsor Transafrica Express, the next group appears on June 6 at 18h00. It is lead by well known muso, Matshitshi, a one-time cast member of Mbongeni Ngema’s international tours of Mama and iZulu.

Photographed with him on the cover of this month’s issue are his front-line Maskanda group troupers, Mato Nkwanyana, Badangele Langa and Ntomikayise Ngema. The group’s muso line-up will also feature bass guitarist Nkonto Khumalo, Mjathele Gujasa on accordion and Israel Nthule on drums.

These exciting Maskanda evening’s are part of a music development project to promote local talent on an ongoing basis both in Durban, and in selected rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, so as to develop the careers of performers through professional presentation.

Admission is free, a full cash bar will be available and meals can be ordered.

Emerging Sounds Level will raffle three of the latest compact disc releases from Gallo Records at these events, and the proceeds will go to the evening’s performing musicians.




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