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Sunday, April 30, 2023



Mzansi Magic is set to reveal the intricate and exciting world of Maskandi music with the launch of its brand-new reality show, Kings of Maskandi. The Covid-19 pandemic knocked Maskandi artists, Sibusiso Mkhize, Nelisani Mseleku, Sakhiseni Mseleku and Khulekani Shongwe down, but they are making a comeback and putting everything they've got into reviving their careers.

With its premiere on DStv channel 161 on Wednesday May 3, the show will provide DStv Compact viewers with an in-depth look at the lives of these Maskandi artists and explore the competition that arises in the changing world order where popularity rules. Throughout Kings of Maskandi, viewers will gain a unique insight into their lives, both on and off-stage.

As they embark on their performing careers with limited resources post-Covid-19, Mzansi Magic viewers will witness what truly makes them unique.

“This show explores the essence of Maskandi music, a genre that is widely enjoyed by diverse music lovers, especially.” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. “Viewers will see the passion and dedication of these incredibly talented Maskandi artists and witness their struggles and triumphs as they navigate their way through the music industry. Kings of Maskandi is an outstanding addition to our existing and growing library of reality shows. We believe that it will bring much-needed diversion to our audience as we reflect on our shared experience during the pandemic."

The show will highlight the passion and drive of the acts and explore the culture and music of Maskandi. It will also delve into their personal lives and how they navigate fulfilling their obligations for the success of their craft.

Umculo kaMaskandi wuhlobo lomculo oluxoxa indaba…kungaba ngezothando, inhlalakahle noma kuqanjwe ingoma ngesimo esiphila kuso manje. Umehluko kwezinye izinhlobo zomculo ngukuthi kuculwa ngolimi lomdabu kanti futhi kunkeneza isigingci phambili nokuyisona esenza umculo kaMaskandi uhluke kuneminye. (Maskandi music is the kind of music that is always telling a story…be it about love, social well-being or a song composed about any other situations we encounter in life. The difference between this and other genres is that the sound of the guitar dominates, and the fact that it is sung in an indigenous language)

Can these artists go back to their glory days and reclaim their livelihoods? Tune in from Wednesday May 3 at 20h00 and catch Kings of Maskandi on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).