Xhosa Maskandi Extraordinary.
To try coin maskandi history in the Eastern Cape is almost an impossible mission. Some trace it back to Nkunzemdaka’s days and believe that the late Saba Mbixane fuelled this genre. Amawele KaMamtshawe are undeniably one of the biggest and most loved Maskandi group in both Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Despite having distinct musical styles these two cousins are talented guitarists and have accolades to back them. Talent is something that is rare, finding it among more than 1 person in the family is a blessing. Amawele Ka Mamtshawe are not twin brothers as their stage name suggest. Amawele Ka Mamtshawe is a Maskhandi duo from Centane in the Estern Cape. Formed by cousins Masibulele ’Nongoma” Gompo (19 January 1983) and Zama ’Tornado” Ntenteni(28 February 1986). They were raised by their grandmother Mamtshawe, at Feni Village, ku Centane hence they call themselves Amawele KA Mamtshawe. They grew up playing guitar together, they started playing guitar with 3 strings and advanced to 6 strings.
GLM: We all know that Maskandi music is Zulu dominated, what are the challenges you face as Xhosa speaking maskandi artists?
Amawele ka Mamtshawe: It’s SATMA awards season now, as Eastern Cape Maskandi artists we don’t get as much recognition as KZN artists and it can be discouraging.
GLM: Do you at least get hired?
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe: Yes event organisers in the Eastern and Western Cape do hire us a lot. As a result on the 28-29th of September we will be performing alongside with Tat’uPhuzekemisi, Ringo Madlingozi and many more at the eMandulo cultural and music Festiva.
GLM: Does Amawele Ka Mamtshawe collaborate with other tribes?
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe: Yes we do collaborate and many artists from KwaZulu Natal come to Western Cape through us, e.g uSchizi Sibiya.
GLM: Are there any changes would you like to see in this genre?
Amawele Ka Mamthsawe: There are many changes we want to see in Maskandi music. We would like the government of South Africa to recognise our music and we plead with our fellow musician to stop dissing each other causing un-necessary hatred and violence.
GLM:Who inspired Amawele Ka Mamtshawe?
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe: Umfazomnyama, Mayogadi and Bhekumuzi Luthuli.
GLM: Where can we get your music
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe: ITunes,Googleplay, Deezer and other online stores
Facebook: AMAWELE KA MAMTSHAWE MUSIC
Bookings: 083 240 4867/078 352 0449
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By: Khanyisile Mseleni (Content Producer)