Oliver Mtukudzi at Caversham Mill

CAVERSHAM Mill Restaurant in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to host a concert featuring the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi on May 24 in the Midlands. Performing alongside the Zimbabwean guitarist will be Shabalala Rhythm and maskandi singer David Jenkins, aka Qadasi.  Mtukudzi began performing in 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. Their single Dzandimomotera went gold. He sings in Shona, along with Ndebele and English, and incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as Tuku music.  Maskandi stars Shabalala Rhythm, led by Sibongiseni Shabalala, son of the legendary Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo fame, was formed in 1998. Since then, Durban guitarist Maqhinga Radebe has joined the group. Jenkins, who hails from Eshowe, appeared at the first Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day last year and was also the support act for maskandi legend Johnny Clegg. With the release of the album Uhambo Olusha (A New Journey), Jenkins and the Qasadi band’s quest to revive traditional Zulu maskandi music is well under way.
The concert will take place at Midlands Forest Lodge, which is three kilometres up the road.

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