Death of a maskanda master

Sad news overnight from South Africa. Shiyani Ngcobo, the great maskanda player of KwaZulu Natal, has died. Shiyani was a purist who resisted the lure of electronic amplification. He may have been the last of his kind. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Here’s an appreciation from Kathryn Olsen on the World Music Network, with video clips.
Obituary: Shiyani Ngcobo

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