UJEQE WINS AT THE MASKANDI AND INGOMA COMPETITION
Written by: Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu
EThekwini Municipality hosted Maskandi and Ingoma competition at uMnini Sports Ground on Friday.
The Youth Day holiday was celebrated in songs of Maskandi and Ingoma while remembering the heroes that died on 16th June 1976.
While the whole purpose of this event was the competition, the youth couldn’t bite their tognues about this memorable day.
“June 16 means a lot to us, lot of students they fought, they died, lost their lives. It is not about celebrating but actually encouraging the youth of the today to still recognise what happened before,” said Nobuhle Khomo.
UMnini youth was in for a treat from words of encouragement and wisdom and the message of abuse and violence against women and children was emphasized, while men were encouraged to love and protect women.
“I urge all the youth to be proud of what they have from the government and not to vandalise and destroy government facilities and buildings such as clinics and many other. As the office of the municipality we say no to the murdering of women in our country,” said Phathiswe Philbert Luthuli, Ward Councillor.
Maskandi and Ingoma music and dance groups battled it out on stage for the number one place and the R5000 cash prize, the biggest trophy and as well as medals.
Over ten Maskandi and Ingoma music and dance group went head to head on stage for the ultimate prize but only one came victory.
Judges had a tough job while deliberating the winner but with the formidable panel of judges such as Radio personality Dudu ‘Lady Dee’ Khoza, retired choral music finesses Dr Edward Mngadi and Dr V. M. Hlatshwayo, everything seemed easy in the end.
“We were looking at how the groups were dressed and fully uniformed, as well as the quality of their sound and music. We also looked at the individual/ group authenticity and originality,” said Khoza.
She continued to say that they also judged based on the positive and encouraging messages in the group songs as well as the number of members in each group, as they overlooked groups which had not more than three members and ultimately they judged on how much the audience love the group.
In the end, the group called uJeqe won.
On their acceptance speech, the group leader said that he is hopeful that one day they will win Best Newcomer at the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA).