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MASKANDA MIX @ CLERMONT KK (article first published : 2003-08-23)

The Kwa Zulu Natal Indigenous Music Project supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust presents a Maskanda “graduation” Concert. Showcasing talents and skills of the musicians that took part in the Clermont pilot training programme since July, it takes place at the Clermont KK Hall on August 30 at 12h00.

Part of this empowerment programme is a compilation CD of six Maskanda groups from Clermont, which will also be launched at the concert. The 18-track CD consists of three songs from each group: Savela, Nogwaja Nabazingeli, Indlovu Kayiphendulwa, Isiphethu, Amaphikankani and Izigilamkhuba.

The training programme, which has been exciting and enriching for these musicians consisted of weekly workshops in technical skills, management and promotion, music rights, music business and performance skills. This forms part of the Kwa Zulu Natal Indigenous Music Project, initiated by Dr Bheki Langa of the KZN Department of Tourism and Economic Development and managed by BEES Consulting Group (BCG).

The aim of the project is to empower Maskandi musicians to earn a sustainable income from practicing their craft. In order for this initiative to build momentum and become self-sustainable, it is therefore vital that they are exposed to a wider audience. The research conducted at the initial stage of the project has shown that tourists from other countries have a great interest in the indigenous music of this kind. The project is grooming these talents to be able to present their performances at more professional concerts that can attract tourist to the townships and rural areas.

Cultural tour operators are welcome to bring tourists to Kwa Dabeka for a unique Kwa Zulu Natal music experience.

Maskandi groups to entertain include Savela, Inkasa, Abalungisi, Abaphenduli, Izigilamkhuba, Nogwaja, Gatshenigatsheni, Abathandi Bokuthula, Isiphetho Somtungwana, Izintombi Zendabuko, Abajikelezi, Amaphikankani and Abashana. The concert is free. For more information contact Malcolm on 084 4556 608 or Dr Monji on 011 447 6170.

The Kwa Zulu Natal Indigenous music project acknowledges the kind support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.




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