David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi musician who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age growing up in Empangeni, right in the heart of Zululand. Qadasi will be visiting the museum for two performances with a full band. The band will be at Luthuli Museum during the day to facilitate a schools program for young learners and in the evening the museum opens its doors to anyone from the community who would like to watch this young Maskandi artist and his band in action.
Now based in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, David is following his dream of being a professional Maskandi musician and is proud to be a SAMA (South African Music Award) and two-time SATMA (South African Traditional Music Achievement) Award nominee. With the release of his latest album titled, Uhambo Olusha (A New Journey), Qadasi’s quest to revive traditional Zulu Maskandi music is well underway. Over the past couple of years, Qadasi has accomplished a great deal as a South African artist, with some of his achievements including opening as the support act for Maskandi legend, Johnny Clegg, an appearance at the FNB Stadium for the first annual Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, a brief tour in Ireland, and performances alongside Ladysmith Black Mambazo in ‘Amambazo – The Musical’. Qadasi is presently under the independent label, Sande Entertainment, headed by Sibongiseni Shabalala, a member of four-time Grammy Award winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
His latest album, Uhambo Olusha, is the end result of the sounds David has been developing over the years and was nominated for Best Maskandi Album in the 2014 SATMA Awards and Best Traditional Album in the 2015 SAMA Awards. It encapsulates influences from many of his idols, ranging from the likes of Phuzekhemisi and Mfaz’ Omnyama to Johnny Clegg and Paul Simon. The record was self-produced along with co-producers, Mthandeni Mvelase, a highly respected name in the traditional music industry, as well as Maskandi extraordinaire, Maqhinga Radebe, who is also a very close friend and mentor of David’s, and a member of the Qadasi band as guitarist. Other members joining them on stage on 22 May are Sandile Dlamini on Bass Guitar, Malungi Msomi on Keyboards and Gcina Khumalo on Drums
There is much excitement in the promise of what lies ahead for this Maskandi artist who is continuing in the footsteps of this powerful genre’s icons.
This performance is supported by Concerts SA and produced by iSupport Music Business and Luthuli Museum.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within The SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and Concerts Norway. By engaging with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, the project aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms. Concerts SA also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools