Join us as we host one of South Africa’s loved Duos. Hailing from the heart of Zululand, David ‘Qadasi’ Jenkins and Maqhinga Radebe are a SAMA Award winning duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music. Both professional musicians in their own right, over the last ten years the duo have taken their fusion of traditional Zulu and western folk music to audiences in the UK, Europe, Asia and throughout South Africa. David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi is an accomplished Maskandi guitarist, concertina, banjo player and vocalist who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age while travelling through Zululand with his late father who was a journalist. 

This interest grew exponentially over the years, and as a result, his love for traditional music was born.

After matriculating in 2010 Qadasi released his first solo album under record label, Sande Entertainment headed by Sibongiseni Shabalala of a five time Grammy winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His second album released in 2014 was nominated for a South African Music Awards (SAMA) and South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA). Qadasi was honoured to receive a KwaZulu Natal Young Achievers Award for social cohesion through Maskandi Music.

Maqhinga Radebe’s career launched in the mid 90’s after being given an opportunity to tour the USA with Ladysmith Black Mambazo as part of the stage play, Nomathemba. On his return to South Africa Maqhinga formed the group Shabalala Rhythms alongside Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa Shabalala. Thanks to the subsequent popularity of the group, Maqhinga’s talent was brought to the spotlight making him a prominent and highly respected artist in the Maskandi industry. With five solo albums under his name, Maqhinga has received numerous awards for his amazing musical skills, which also includes SAMA and SATMA  award nominations.

David first met Maqhinga in Durban in 2010 when enquiring about a concertina tuner. After a jam session, thus began their story and the two have become firm friends and collaborators. These talented musicians later decided to join forces after realising the musical potential that was possible by combining their artistry.

This duo reminds us of our beloved Juluka which was made up of Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu both these duo’s have managed to bring our people together.

Come enjoy good music in great company. Follow the link and book your ticket