Catching up with Mjikijelwa
South American’s responded positively to our Music and we managed to get a gig for November in South America.
Mjikijelwa is a force to be reckoned with in the Maskandi industry. His tuneful voice is running from South Africa to the world at large. He has showed that dedication, perseverance and persistence will get you on the world ramp from Africa, Amsterdam and any place further than your dreams. Not so long Mjikijelwa was performing at Holland.
GLM: Please introduce us to Mjikijelwa?
Mjikijelwa: My name is Mjikijelwa Sibongiseni Ngubane, I am a singer, songwriter and guitarist. I was born in Kwa-Maphumulo ,Kwa-Zulu Natal, I had a normal upbringing like any other boy in the village.
GLM: How did you ended up in the music industry?
Mjikijelwa: I’ve always wanted to be a musician since I was a child so it’s no accident that I’m making music. I was the grade 11 student when I started my music career,I was at Jabulani Amphitheatre, Soweto in Maskandi music Festival when I saw the late Maskandi hit maker, Mgqumeni. I introduced myself to Mgqumeni, he liked me then we started working together until he passed on. In 2009 I released my first album titled “Sihlupheke Sonke”
GLM: What are some of the challenges you faced before you made it into the industry?
Mjikijelwa: Obviously lack of knowledge and people taking advantage of you. But I suppose with everything in life you ought pass through challenges. I faced criticism and discouraging comments from people telling me that I was not gonna make it in the music industry.
GLM: why did you choose Maskandi music
Mjikijelwa: I have a profound interest in this genre and have been influenced by various artists throughout my life such as the late Mfaz’omnyama and others. I’ve been introduced to this type of music ever since I was a child and has moulded the person I’ve become today through style, character and overall personality.
GLM: How has Maskandi evolved over the past decade?
Mjikijelwa: Maskandi music has grown as a genre and continues to evolve today. One of the first Maskandi musicians to become famous was Bab’ Phuzekhemisi, Ihashe elimhlophe who are still one of the top-selling Maskandi Musicians even today. Recently, there has been a rising popularity of Maskandi Music ,There is a uniqueness to our music that madeit immensely intriguing to people and famous in today’s society.I think the level of acceptance is high and people tolerate Maskandi music even more.
GLM: Your fellow Maskandi singer made history, Mroza won the SABC Summer Song of the Year. How did you feel as a maskandi musician?
Mjikijelwa: It was an incredible history to us, he really took our music to the next level.
GLM: When you are writing songs what inspires you?
Mjikijelwa: Real experiences, memories, emotions, life and my surroundings.
GLM: What kind of response you are have received from the industry since you started?
Mjikijelwa: My music has received positive reviews from the Maskandi industry and from my fans ,The song ’20 Years Ago’ won the Best Popular Song at The South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA)2012. And IN 2015 I won the song of the year at AMANTSHONTSHO KA MASKANDI AWARDS. In 2015 again The song Titled “Ngiyaqhosha Ngiyaqholosha” became number 4 the SABC Summer Song of the Year. Every year get nomination on SATMAs and other Maskandi competitions.
GLM: You recently performed at Amsterdam, tell us more
Mjikijelwa: I travelled with the group called “NDABUZEKWAYO” consist of myself,Allie Mgube and Mthandeni. We were playing at the Kwaku Festival at The Hague in Amsterdam, it’s a festival which attracts millions of people every year, For over four weekends, the festival offers visitors a selection of food,art, live music and dance. The festival’s origins lie in celebrating the abolition of slavery in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles on 1 July 1863.
White people responded positively to our Music and we managed to get a gig for November at South America.
GLM: How can people buy your Music?
Mjikijelwa: My music is available in all reputable music shops around South Africa, YouTube and other online platforms.
GLM: How can your fans connect with you?
Mjikijelwa: My fans can connect with me on INSTAGRAM Umjikijelwa_Ngunane
For those wishing for live experience, they can book me for performance at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 072 902 2516/072 038 8478
Band Members : Allie Mgube,Mthandeni Manqele and Sibongiseni Ngubane
By: Khanyisile Mseleni