The History Of Maskandi
Wrongnumber Khoza is imparting his knowledge about the background of Maskandi Music.
Maskanda/Maskandi is a subculture music developed in the hostels, rural areas and at the mines during the 60’s. The origins of the word “maskandi” is derived from the Afrikaans word “musikant” meaning musician. The most common instrument used in making Maskandi music is guitar. Although academic scholars have argued that contemporary maskandi is not limited to the Zulu culture, but is found in other ethnic groups as well, Zulu nation remains the torch-bearer of this genre. Maskandi history would be incomplete without Phuzushukela. Phuzushukela became the first maskandi artist to record in studio, putting the genre into the mainstream. Bhengu was widely known as the father or rather (IDLOZI LOMASKANDI) of Maskandi music. After his death Thwalufu Khoza became the King of Maskandi music because he was the only person who was able to play Phuzushukela’s tune, competing with the likes of the late Mfaz’Omnyama, Kati elimnyama and etc.
Between the 60’s and early 90’s Maskandi legends Bhodloza Nzimande, Sjula Mnisi contributed largely to exposing Maskandi to the international market on Radio Zulu.
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