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Monday, April 22, 2019


(The Kholwa Brothers)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music welcomes back the Kholwa Brothers on April 23, 2019.

Kholwa Brothers are an exciting, highly skilled and seasoned isicathamiya group which was formed in 1990 by Derrick Mlambo who relocated from Sinathing, Pietermaritzburg to Inanda, Durban. This move was due to the political violence that had erupted in almost all areas of Pietermaritzburg.

The word "Kholwa” is a Zulu word meaning “a believer”. This multi award-winning Kholwa Brothers have attained the best South African vocal group status through developing their routine from local and international shows, social and official functions to reach sublime standard of performance.

This traditional/cultural music group is a force to be reckoned with. The 11 member, youthful, all-male vocal group offers world class performances which cater for all age groups and events. The Kholwa Brothers comprise teenage boys whose ages range between 18 and 26. These young people joined the group in 2010 and they have been rocking stages since then.

The group comprises the leader Derrick Mlambo, Mlungisi Sishi, Dumisani Sibiya, Lindinkosi Xulu, Ntandoyenkosi Xulu, Ngcebo Gumede, Simphiwe Ngcobo, Mthobisi Ndwandwe, Nhlakanipho Nzimande, Philani Ngcobo, and Hopewell Ngcobo.

The Kholwa Brothers have sung in almost all the provinces, in South Africa. In 1991, they sang at the Sonke Music Festival where the late Dr Nelson Mandela addressed the people of KwaZulu-Natal for the very first time after his release from prison.

Some of Kholwa Brothers’ achievements include winning "MTN National Isicathamiya Competition" and being involved in a three month residency in Br called "Millagrimus".

They have shared a stage with Vusi Mahlasela, Mbongeni Ngema, Joe Mafela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo and have collaborated with Mandoza, Sbongile Mngoma, Gcina Mhlophe, HHP, Jabu Khanyile, Mara Louw, and Mthunzi Namba (Joyous Celebration).

Join the Kholwa Brothers at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building, at UKZN Howard College Campus on April 23, 2019, at 18h00. Doors open at 17h30. General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students). for more details contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email