Germany Maskandi Queen, Sharing is Caring.
It takes all kinds to make a world but music is the only universal language. Different cultures all around the world use music as a means of expression.In South Africa there are many types of music, but Maskandi music still stands out, this genre has evolved over the years. Maskandi singers have delivered messages of freedom, unity, peace and protest against xenophobic attacks. The rhythm of maskandi is peculiar and influenced by Zulu culture which makes it interesting to western people.
Recently named the third king of Maskandi, Jaiva Zimnike’ s music attracted Germany born tourist Karin Kedem. Language tutor, TV Director Germany native, Karin Kedem came to South Africa in July 2015 as a mere tourist but when AmaAK47 maskandi band caught her ears, she requested from their tour guide Sifiso to introduce her to Jaiva Zimnike who is a leading vocalist and guitarist for Ama AK47. Karin met Jaiva and Sonakali Zondi in Carlton Centre, exchanged contacts and they later recorded maskandi songs together.
Karin says “ Returning to Germany from this unforgettable tour with impressive memories, I kept on learning more about Zulu music and culture and as well as all the problems that accompany daily lives in S.A.”
Inspired by the South African potential and talent Karin came back in 2016 and decided to help out Sifiso the tour guide and his siblings to further their studies and complete his tour guide training.
“Asking someone for a donation, or to support your initiative/ non profit project is not an easy task. At first I was shy therefore I started a small charity project. I requested my family,friends, colleagues and students to donate what they could donate instead of buying me christmas present. Everybody was keen and supported the idea.” Karin told GLM.
Currently Karin Kedem project has helped a lot of people throughout the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Soweto. In KZN, near Hluhluwe, Karin together with Bongizwe have helped rural learners with essentials such as toothpaste and toothbrush. Karin believes that young women in rural areas are less privileged and harder for them to be employed, but if we empower them with skills such as sewing,beadwork, cooking and etc they can be assured of getting opportunities to use their skill and earn money so that they can survive and help their families.
Through this project one lady was able to finish her sewing programme and receive new machine to start her own business.
Karin has always been an incredible supporter of education, but she’s recently been going the extra mile to develop young South African between 2016-2018, she has helped with university registration,tuition fees, and bought books for some. After the storm that hit KZN area in the beginning of 2018, she assisted the affected families, provided medical help and repaired their roofs.
While promoting her maskandi music with Jaiva Zimnike, she was introduced to Gqom and she collaborated with DJ Chronic Style.
Karin Kedem’s efforts have not only helped change individual lives, but they’ve put a light on the extreme financial burdens the S.A education system puts on its students, in a way that discourages many from less financial stable backgrounds from pursuing higher education. Hopefully her charity will only help to amplify these concerns.
By: Khanyisile Mseleni (Content Producer)