A group of young people held a competition on Saturday, the 2nd of July 2016, in Saul Mkhize Village to promote the tradition of maskandi music.
Maskandi music is an age-old tradition created by the Zulus and enjoyed by members of this culture. The aim of the event was to remind the youth of their roots and where they come from by teaching and encouraging them to participate in the art of maskandi music. It was a joyful day, enjoyed by all the different groups of competitors and organisers.
One of the event organisers, Mr Siswe Buthelezi from Mkhondo FM, stated that the groups who participated in the competition were not only locals, but also from the whole Mpumalanga region. The groups of dancers impressed the judges with their styles and moves.
The winners of the competition were the members of the Iqhuga Lipholile group – they received a trophy, certificates, medals and a cash back prize, sponsored by Mr Siswe Buthelezi. Second place went to the Unakane group. The group also received a trophy as well as certificates and a medal for each member of the group.
In third place, the Govozile group walked away with a trophy and certificates. Fourth place was taken by the Mashova group and all the group members received certificates. The organisers and participants thank all their sponsors as well as and the judges, Justice Nhlengethwa, Nkululeko Sukazi and Makgotso from Balfour, for their expert advice and judgement of the competitors in the competition.
Mr Buthelezi mentioned that they are planning another event at the end of August in Amsterdam. They are looking forward to another successful day of dancing and making music. They wish to implement more events like these. By doing so, they aim at educating the youth of today to rather turn back to their traditions than to participate in dangerous activities such as the abuse of alcohol and drugs.