Maskandi Widow cries foul
LATE maskandi superstar Simosakhe Mthalane's eldest wife is angry that his girlfriend, not one of his sons, has been selected to perform at a tribute concert in his honour.
One of Mthalane's widows, Dumisile Manana - who is also a member of female maskandi group Imithente, said his sons should have been selected to honour him.
Instead, maskandi singer Uboneni Magubane, who has a child with Mthalane, will perform at the annual Maskandi Experience Music Festival on September 22.
The tribute is part of the annual festival which takes place in Durban and promoters have lined up young maskandi musicians to pay tribute to the legends.
Manana, who was not even aware that Magubane has been selected to pay tribute to her hubby until yesterday, said: "I know that even the family does not know about this. They [the organisers] should have asked his sons because they are musicians too.
"Firstly, Uboneni was just a girlfriend. I don't regard her as a wife because there was no lobola paid for her. Mthalane had three wives that he paid lobola for."
Magubane, however, said it was an honour for her to be chosen to pay tribute to her late boyfriend.
She said she also had a right to honour him as much as the other wives because she was part of his life. "We were not married, but I was part of his life. He died while he was preparing to go to my parents to pay damages ."
Magubane backed a number of maskandi musicians before going solo in 2005. Last week, she was nominated for a South African Traditional Music Award.
Festival promoter Siyanda Sibiya said he decided to pay tribute to the musicians to celebrate their contribution to maskandi music.
He said he chose the protégés of the late musos to celebrate them. Asked why he selected Magubane, he said: "All artists who will be honouring the late singers are people who are popular at the moment but who don't get a platform to shine. I picked Magubane based on those standards and I don't want to entertain the controversial part."
Other artists who will be remembered during the show include Mgqumeni Khumalo, Bhekumuzi Luthuli, Mfazomnyama Khumalo and Mthakathi Khumalo.