Maskandi goes Universal with Ihhashi Elimhlophe

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Maskandi goes Universal with Ihhashi Elimhlophe

We speak to lead singer Bheki Ngcobo about what the opportunity means after being independent for so long

Zola Zingithwa

“If I had wings I would fly high like an eagle.”

That’s how maskandi legend Bheki Ngcobo feels about being signed on to Universal Music SA. His excitement and gratitude are evident as he speaks about the two-album recording deal with Universal that saw Ngcobo release his 29th album, and his first with a big recording company, last Friday (July 26) as Ihhashi Elimhlope.

Ihhashi Elimhlophe, or “The White Horse”, has been an independent musician since 1986 when he started recording with the group. “It’s great to be independent, but it’s also not,” he says about forgoing his independence, at the press briefing at Universal offices in Rosebank. His decision to join Universal was in part because of the limitations he experienced as an independent artist, hurdles he believes he overcame by joining a bigshot recording company...

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