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2 CAPLES (article first published : 2004-06-1)

On June 4 at 18h30, the 2Cpales will perform at the BAT Centre as part of the regular maskanda series. The group promises to keep their audience spellbound with their eccentric approach to maskanda described by some people as a genre that is one dimensional.

The group was started in 1984 by Sphiwe Cele from Mkhomazi, the heart and soul of Maskanda which has spawned Maskanda greats like Phuzekhemisi who have put the genre on the international stages be it in New York, London or Amsterdam.

When the Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital was opened in 2002, 2Caples were featured in this historical event. They have played for major local conferences like the KZN Regional Conference last year in November. In August last year, they were among many bands featured in the South African Women's month major activities.

For survival this band of high calibre busks in local popular wholesale shops in and around Durban. Recently they were part of their local community arts and culture organisation's initiative to celebrate ten years of democracy.

Not only have 2Caples entered major maskanda competitions and won, they have been featured at one of Durban's prestigious arts and culture annual event, Celebrate Durban, which takes place in September.

2Caples compose their own music especially the founder Sphiwe Cele on lead guitar and vocals. On bass is Zwe Cele, on drums is Sizwe Cele and vocalists who also dance are Gcinile Cele, Raphael Ngcongo, Zo Ngcobo and Sbu Malinga.




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