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He's a thief. He stole that song from me!

By unknown | 2008-12-31 00:00:00.0

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

A feud is brewing between two maskandi music arch-rivals, Mtshengiseni Gcwensa, left, and Kwakhe Mseleku, right, popularly known as Mgqumeni.

This comes after the award-winning Gcwensa of the famous maskandi group Amagezamahle accused Mgqumeni of stealing his song Wagudlindlu. The song is featured on Mgqumeni's latest CD, SMS.

"He is a thief. He stole that song from me," charged Gcwensa. "I recorded the song two years ago and he now sings it.

"My mistake was to send it to Ukhozi FM for airplay and he stole it. But I am not surprised by his stealing prowess because he can't match me. The best he can do is steal my songs,' Gcwensa said.

"I am the king of maskandi, whether Mgqumeni likes it or not. I am the best and that became clear during the South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) where a maskandi group won three awards for the first time.

"Even Thwalofu Namankentshane, one of the icons of maskandi music, has said so. Also my music is receiving more airplay than he gets in taxis or at stokvels."

Gcwensa said though they were at present on speaking terms, the tension between him and Mgqumeni was far from over. He accused Mgqumeni of avoiding him.

"We can't even share a stage," he said. "Last week we were invited to perform at an event organised by Ukhozi FM. He did not show up because he could not stand sharing a stage with me. But at least we greet each other now."

Our attempts to obtain comment from Mgqumeni proved fruitless since although he answered his phone he did not speak.

Meanwhile, Amagezamahle stole the show in Ulundi on Saturday during the Onkweni Royal Cultural Festival in Ulundi.

The festival was in honour of Prince Shingana of the Onkweni royal household. Despite the poor attendance, Amagezamahle were a hit.