MEET QADASI – A WHITE MASKANDI

Maskandi music has evolved 360 degrees over the past decade in South Africa. It has its rich heritage in rural parts of the country where it originates from especially in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Maskandi is the Zulu folk music, which, for decades has just been the domain of men. It is not surprising that it found its dominance in the hostels, which are predominantly single black men only dwellings.

Maskandi has now moved to urban areas and receives quite a fair amount of airplay on radio. Women have also made significant inroads into this male dominated genre.  It is interesting to note that even white people, both as consumers and artists, are also embracing this form of music. Think of Johnny Clegg for instance, the embodiment and trailblazer of White Maskandi music.

Now meet David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, meaning ‘white person’ in isiZulu. He is a young white Maskandi artist who is making waves not only in South Africa but also abroad. Qadasi and his mentor Maqhinga Radebe recently set the UK and Bangkok alight with their sweltering performances.

Signature Africa sat down with Qadasi and asked him what attracted him to Maskandi.