Maskandi magic thrills music fans

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

The Sihlangene Maskandi Music Festival at the Jabulane Amphitheatre in Soweto at the weekend was an absolute thrill.

Traditional music lovers from all spheres of life came out in big numbers on a cool Sunday to pack the stadium.

Despite the erratic sound system, the festival lived up to expectations.

The line-up included Izingane Zoma, Shwi Nomtekhala, Ofeleba, Amatshitshi Amhlophe, Abangani, Ama SAP, Amageza Amahle, Bhekumuzi Luthuli and Thokozani Langa.

The festival started on time, with female maskandi group Amatshitshi Amhlophe kicking off the show. The group was followed by another exciting group on stage, Ofeleba, who really warmed up the crowd.

Later, music fans saw groups such as Ama SAP and Abangani entertaining the music lovers with their good stage performance.

But, that was before the group of the moment, Shwi Nomtekhala, took to the stage and were received like heroes. The duo were given a standing ovation .