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Maskandi or don’t

by Dave Durbach / 22.01.2010

Shwi noMtekhala first came to my attention in late 2008 when Shwi was busted with close to 200 kg of weed in his bakkie. Since then I’ve been a huge fan.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Shwi (real name Mandla Xaba) spent a short stint in jail before being released on bail. Read all about it here. Now the duo are back with a new album. Uyob’unenhlanhla (“You would be lucky”) proves them to be far more than mere enterprising stoners. In fact there’s ample reason here why the three-time SAMA winners are Mzantsi’s top-selling maskandi act, one of the few (like Busi Mhlongo) who’ve managed to broadcast the guitar-driven traditional genre to a wider audience.

The album’s title apparently alludes to those who turn to conflict in difficult situations – they “would be lucky” to survive. It’s a plea, in other words, for people to respect others, stay out of trouble and avoid confrontation – a lesson that Shwi has learnt from experience. Those able to delve into the Zulu lyrics will find songs of personal pain and redemption. For example, ‘Ngake ngaboshwa’ covers Shwi’s trial, his time in jail, the emotional conflict at having disappointed his fans and vindicated his critics. Elsewhere, he writes losing his mother and cousin on the same day, while his partner Mtekhala (aka Rogers Magubane) sings about having his house and livestock burnt in his home in KZN.

All tracks follow a fairly similar format, without too much deviation from the golden S&M touch – spine-tingling guitar intro followed by layers of rock-solid, dance-friendly drum machine, heavy synth and accordian vibes, and smooth-as-silk vocal harmonies. To reduce the music to its individual components and common characteristics however is to miss out on the individually crafted beauty of each song. The sound never grows tired, and offers something new on every listen. The title track incorporates mbaqanga basslines and scathamiya vocals. “Sahamba lashona” (something like “it went, it sank”) has a catchy synthesizer hook that sticks like glue. The remix of the track that ends the album is a drum-heavy dub mix of the original. Other highlights include the gospel-flavoured ‘Ngizothandaza’ (“I will pray”) and the gloomy splendor of “Ngangingazi” (“I didn’t know). On a lighter note, “Vuvuzela” encourages South Africans to get behind our national team and keep blowing on that most monotonous of plastic horns.

AmaSap

Another major maskandi act to jump on the $occer bandwagon in the name of national pride is amaSAP, whose new album Bafana Bafana is on a similar tip. The album’s fifteen tracks follow a familiar maskandi path, proceeding at a more leisurely pace than Shwi noMtekhala’s release, with more stripped down instrumentation, though the signature guitars and smooth synths are still there. Vocals are handled by Ali Mgube, supported by a trio of backing singers, and oscillate between impassioned singing and highly charged rapping interludes,

Highlights include “Ngibakhahlela Kunje” (something like “I kick them like this”), “Uthando” (“Love”) and the uptempo “Ngiyagodola” (“I feel cold”). Unsurprisingly, the title track is an appeal for our team to pull finger and make us proud in 2010, and should prove popular come soccer time. Even at their worst, amaSAP are only a little too mellow or repetitive. They may not have quite the same polished vibe as Shwi noMtekhala, but this is still a sweet disc.

One doesn’t need to understand Zulu to enjoy these albums; these songs speak on a level that transcends ethnic target markets and racialised preconceptions. If you have any interest at all in authentic local sounds, Shwi noMthekala and amaSAP are where you need to be.

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  1. boya says:

    Bashaye into ecokeme OShwi noMtekhala ngyabavuma bahlanganise bonke abalandeli bakamaskandi

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  2. shwi nomtekhala says:

    plz dont wear like grandfathers

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  3. Potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    Mina ngibhala lencwadi yami wooohh# bayoyifunda abafundile :singing.

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  4. shayijooo says:

    wee balandeli bomaskandi kuno ba4 obedume ngelika Somdisha kuwo lomuzi ngizwa ngandlebenye ukuth wadlula emhlabeni ?

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  5. ngfuni ngoma ka shwi eth _ SAHAMBA LASHONA sizanbo says:

    Ingoma bo sahamba lashona yashwi

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  6. Potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    Hhayi nam bengingakezwa ngalokho Shayinja, ay nako ukufa kuyisicefe ngabona uma kuhamba iDLAMANZI bekunan ke uma kufa mina lisale IDLAMANZI, buka manje sekugcwela omatapudaka bodwa, Mjik’s, Ali, Shwi, sesibheke nina kulomculo onomona, sayitshukutsa!!! Sayitshukutsha!!! WOOSHHH!!!

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  7. Njemnyama says:

    Cha mina ngisekhona shayinja into sengaphelelwa yinto yokuchoma nokuzqhenya.Mhlampe noSomdisha intefanayo phela ngezwa ngandlebenye kuthi unsonsi wakhe usazothi ukugxila ekuzelapheni kunasemculweni.Nokho ihlobo seliyangena uzolulama:sithi ke thina idrad elide bo!

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  8. shayijooo says:

    Niphile Njemnyama nebandla?

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  9. injebomvu says:

    Ninjani bantu

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  10. shayijooo says:

    yeb nkunzi usaphila

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  11. mankwanyana says:

    Cha nyanizwa bafwe2 nemfez emnyama nayo iyashaya bandla smoke nizame no saziwayo

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  12. mankwanyana says:

    I mean anoke nizame nemfez emnyama

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  13. Wata nogwajomncane says:

    Ay mina angiboni lendaba ka ali negcokama elisha ngathi babhimba bonke nje lababantu umehluko angiwuboni.khuzani ninodlubheke bafana ngishayeleni lamabhimbi amabili ningakhohlwa nenkankane elimnyama elabonywa indidane, uyoze ubemhlophe umlobo batshele celas

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  14. Wata nogwajomncane says:

    Njalo umlomo awshonephansike nkabiyam

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  15. shayijooo says:

    kkkkkkkkk we nithin ngedcukama elisha

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  16. Anonymous says:

    ama asap ngiyawavuma

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Mina nje ukuthi vele nomaskandi angiwukhonzile kodwa mgqumeni nama sap kuhamba phambili

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  18. shayijooo says:

    aw ukhonz oo alu kheli we nnkunz

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  19. Potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    Inkinga nina anifuni ukuvuma ukuth iCHALAHA liyinkosi yoMASKANDI, ninesifo esingalapheki umona, awbathathe mfana maan abagaxe izkhwama abambambathe zona

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  20. shayijooo says:

    kkkkk

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  21. Anonymous says:

    Sanbona balandeli bomculo kamaskandi.Abadinga ama CDs eynkunzi zabo amasha bengangithinta kule number-0819150112 ngabo 20:00.

    Kube ngose DBN,NUF,NES,NO kanye noLundi.Abatholakalayo mabekhiphile Osaziwayo,Ndindane,Mjiks,Khuzani,Ali,Sgwebo nabanye.I CD ingu R70.

    Sisonke singakuqeda ukuxhashazwa kwamaqhawe ethu.

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  22. bk ,.nk says:

    oh mina bengzodinga eya mjiks manje ngse nmz

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  23. shayijooo says:

    ew ba4weth ezibhlungu azphelili ngeqhawe lengoma yakwethu uKHWELEBHASIN

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  24. Potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    Sekonakeleeee again ngiwundabuzekwayo la emculwe bonke laba bazonda mina, angsaphathi lokhu okunuka umchamo shem nkosi yam akuzibekile phans nalokhu okuhonga amafinyela nakho akuyibekile phansi NALELI KHEHLANA nkosi yam nalo lifuna ukufela kimi (singing) ukhona ongakavumi ukuth umjiks uyena ophethe lana? Bathathe mfana maaan abagaxe izkhwa aboSISI BHUTI BAFUNAN EMCULWEN KAMASKANDI, UMJIK’S UYINGQWELE….

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  25. Anonymous says:

    Siyabonga bomasikandi niqhubek nishaya igomaa

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Mollo baf2

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  27. Anonymous says:

    kazi nithuleleni Phuzekhemisi nawe Hhashelimhlophe ningakhuzi izimakwe zibanga ithambo elidala elingasenanyama kodwa ke aksenani.if nihluleka ziyekeni zijuluke zize ziquleke uma zithanda.

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  28. thokozani says:

    Ai abantu abadala abahlale phansi baphumule kuqhubeke intsha kodwa abekho abazovala iskhala sabo ikakhulukazi uShwi noMtekhala akekho oyophinde abadlule qiniso elimsulwa lelo akusiwo umbono

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  29. Fanwell says:

    Dsd dlala ingoma uyekele omathapha udaka

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  30. Fanwell says:

    Mhlongo uyibambe kanjalo mfowethu ngiyisuppoters lakho ngibuya ezim

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  31. sihle mkhize says:

    bafwethu ngingumlandeli kamaskandi ngyanicela niyeke ukuchwensana akenihlangane nonke nibe imbumba nishaye ingoma yakithi nilandele ubaba uHhashi elimhlophe,uPhuzekhemisi kanye noMfazi omnyama.

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  32. Anonymous says:

    ngingumlandeli kamaskandi bafowethu ngithi iyekeni lento yokuthukana nifane noShwi nomtekhala,igcokama elisha,imfezi emnyama nabanye unwele olude.

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  33. tomato (igeza elincane) says:

    cha mina ngiyazi fela nga ma s.a.p.. mgube ngiyeza ngizohlaba kuwe cha uyinkabi ngempela.

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  34. tomato (igeza elincane) says:

    mina ngine qembu ngilibiza amawele, ngidlala izingoma zika ali mgube, i (geza) sizishayela ushemeni la ermelo.. mgube… cha uyinkabi ngempela

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  35. tomato (igeza elincane) says:

    mina ngine qembu ngilibiza amawele, ngidlala izingoma zika ali mgube, i (geza) sizishayela ushemeni la ermelo.. mgube… cha uyinkabi ngempela…mgube qubeka ushaye unongewula

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  36. Senzo Soko says:

    Sizwe sakithi angyena umlandeli kamaskandi kodwa ngiyakwazi ukubona into enhle nokuzwa ingoma eshisa iykhotha. Mfez’ emnyama mfana kithi ufike washaya langfuna khona, qhubeka ubagxobe mfana. Nawe Thulasizwe mfoka Ngobese (IKHEHLA LENDAWO) qhubeka mfana ushaye ingoma bake bezwe ukuthi sikhula ngani ngapha koMpumalanga, hahahahahaaaaa wabisha.

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  37. andile says:

    bafoweth nongabon useyabona kuth niphika into eniyibonayo iNdidane iyinkosi bathathe Khuzan,,Dlubheke shaya lenkankan lakho awbatshele DSD Sondela Zanefa kkkkkkkk ay ke eka Ali angfun nokuythinta nje ysono lesiya

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  38. shwi nomtekhala says:

    wath’asakh’uthando naw wath’asakh’umuz singakhohlisan yaz lengoma ingkhumbuz Le eyayith ngafa

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  39. Anonymous says:

    Kulungile

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  40. kanyon says:

    hhheee hhhee hhheee ngisekhona njaloo kulelikhaya ngsewuyena futhi uMlandeli weGeza lakwaMgubee yazi sithiniii kulonyakaa kuGeza lakwaMgube sithi *uXamu looo uhlala emanzini kodwa akagezi unensilaaaa…Nangu uxamuui usexakekileee*

    weShayinjaaa noNjemnyamaaa ngangitheni kini ngo-2010 angithi ngasho ngathi uAli isizibaa sikamaminzelaa esasungulwa ngo-2001 kubhukuda kusoona oXamu noSeleseleee ngithi ayezaaa amaSAP ngoGood ephethe uMthandeni noMthandeni uyeza ephethee iGeza lakwaMgube ngithi kuyomthatha u-6 months umfanaa ephuma engena eStudio uma efuna ukuCover kulezinsizwaaa hheee hheee Ngabeeka ninaa Shayinja noNjemnyama ukuthi nibee amaJaji woooooooooooooooooossssshiiiiiii

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  41. Anonymous says:

    Cha bafwe2 indidane ngu jikelele usevu unyaka ngendondo futhi ku 2015 ye maz

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  42. cebo says:

    Ayidle izishiyele cha ihamba yodwa imfezi uhlanya lwami phoii iyagugisa mfana wakithy cha bayeke babhede bonke bazokukhomba njemoto yamabhunu

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  43. Anonymous says:

    Bafowethu masikhule ngomcabango omaskandi basuke bengaxabani thina balandeli sikhuluma into esingayazi ngeke usaba mnandi uma kungekho ukuchofana usomnandi uqinisile uma ethi impi yabanculi into endala masikhule ekekho unculi engathi angimthandi.soMnandi,Ndidane.CHALAHA.SHWI….,MFEZI.KHUZANI.BANING.NGEKE NGININQEDE BAFOWETHU.

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  44. velabehleke says:

    Niyayiyeka indidane yiyona inkosi yomaskandi noma indala

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  45. velabehleke says:

    Niyayiyeka indidane yiyona inkosi
    yomaskandi noma indala

    #baxove khehlalami

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  46. Anonymous says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkkk aysena mazinyo leyonto

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  47. Qidilili says:

    Kazikwabayini umona bayashaya labafokazana ababili.uthini umgube ngeJinbei

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  48. Qidilili says:

    Batshele mgube bozebeyofa.bengaphumeleli mabesacindezela abanyabantu

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  49. Nduna says:

    Bafwethu ngicela ningzame ngezingoma ezindala kuWhatsapp

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  50. U ali mgube uyayishay igom says:

    Pomeroy

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  51. potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    akekho umaskandi ongalunguna ku MJIK’S bafwe2 ningakhulumi ngomunt ongakwaz nikuxhoza intambo mina ngizidlalela UMJIK’S ,SHWI NOMTEKHALA, NEMFEZI EMNYAMA. hhayi amavukane

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  52. prince ngubane says:

    Ama sap ,osaziwayo,chalahaaa and mthandeni yizo inkunzi

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  53. dunusa bethembe says:

    shwi nomntelila ali mfoka mgube mjiks idlamanz RIP noSomnandi ugogo fish bayashisa bayangbusisa mina.

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  54. xabhashe mlogan says:

    bf2 sengaman skhulume aisekh int eyenziw indidan ngb isnik umlayez ilibele ukwedelel knt thn skhulum nge chalaha laph lith”leli ithuba lokugcin mama mengahlulek zohlal umlenze”…..indidan aivel ithathe umhlal phansi dedel ichalaha

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  55. noxolo says:

    ay bafwethu ngihamba nezingoma zebhova azingphupheli zihlala zizintsha njalo kimi…. bese kuba ushwi nomtekhala bangichaza ngoba abadeleli muntu nje.

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  56. xabhashe mlogan says:

    qinisil noxolo izingom zika mgqumen aziphuph khn um esezo biz ethi”au shinge wen mubi ujaha utalangu int ngk uyinuk”..kdw chalah liyashay strng

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  57. olwethu says:

    ngicela izingoma ezintsha kwabazi izingoma kuwhatsap ayi amavukane

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  58. Ntanzibuselwa says:

    Mna ngidlala ezebhova inkosi yomaskandi not amavukane besekuba nguSomnandi

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  59. xabhashe mlogan says:

    ai baft i album kamjikz amancukumane la aphumil….ashayile bft mase kuba u MThanden i Xenophobia ai no guyz maskandi umnandi

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  60. Mandisa says:

    Ngsacela ningiphe ingoma kaShwi nomtekhala ethi SPONONO SAMI Whatsapp me 0744607206

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  61. xabhashe mlogan says:

    guyz isono ngendidane esbhedlela

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  62. Anonymous says:

    Nisaphila kuloyo muzi

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  63. xabhashe mlogan says:

    mthanden Xenophobia

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  64. potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    Ichalaha yinkos yomaskandi ongakufun lokho akahambe ayoziphonsa olwandle uma ungakwenzanga lokho kusho ukuth uyavuma e-NMZ syalithanda ichalaha

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  65. uMahamba yedwana says:

    Mina ngyayivuma iCd ka ali Mgube entsha Ayibamba ayiluma ingikhumbuze AmaSap amadala

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  66. uMahamba yedwana says:

    Ngyawavuma AmaSap amasha ayibamba ayiluma abuyise isigqi esidala samaSAP

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  67. uMahamba yedwana says:

    Bese kuba kuba IChalaha likashavuza inkosi yabo ayi labafana ababanga ushuni webhova awusakwaz ukuhlukanisa konke akuzibekile kufuna ukuba yiBhova

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  68. xabhashe mlogan says:

    qinisi odlubhek no khuzan no mthanden babang ushun kamgqumen knt chalaha lish ngeshosh salo

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  69. Anonymous says:

    hhay kuzolunga kumaskand inknga abasayshay ingoma sebethukana bodwa kant ikusasa likamaskandi liya ngokwehla.abaculi abasashaya ingoma naba Mjiks,Imfezi,shwi no mtekhala,osaziwayo,bhaka.nabanye basengakhuphula amasokisi ukuze babe kulel zinga. Ngth masishaye ingoma bafana nikhohlwe izoni zomhlaba nithathe umaskandi niwubeke ezingen eliphezulu…..ngphuma nokuyibongela njengo mlandeli kamaskandi

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  70. xabhashe mlogan says:

    impel mthanden angmathand kdw i ulbum ykh Xenophobia Ai yenziw ngobuchwepheshe

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  71. Sphe says:

    Ngcel onengom ka shwi nomtekhala @ SPONONO SAMI angi watsapp kule numbr 0748284207

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  72. potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    umjiks bath uyahoshozela kodwa uhoshozela kammmmnnnnnaaaaandi ucula ngendlela yakhe yedwa yivumeni induku hhayi amagcokama akhipha izimfihlo ebesingazazi thengan amagcokama bakith nizwe ukudlala kwengoma uthi waxoshwa endlunkulu waxoshwa uban ungaxoshwa zingane umdala kanje looooooooool

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  73. nokwanda says:

    mjikjelwa for ever

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  74. Khabis'ilwane says:

    Bafethu ndicela ingoma mjiks ft shwi nomthekala-buya sthando

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  75. Khabis'ilwane says:

    Nantsi inumber yam ka whatsap 0735284359

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  76. potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    ngyabonga nokwah ngihamba nechalaha umenzi wezinto

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  77. Mfanoooooo says:

    Bafana indidane isiyinkunzi yokukakwa nomfo kampongose mabakhohlwe abanye aba

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  78. Khab'islwane says:

    Ozodl’inja woza yitye

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  79. Cindy.... says:

    Mmmm xam mina ngiyazifela ngechalaha liyangibusisi nabanye abacula umskandi ngiyabathanda hhai kodwa laba bamanje babanga ushuni webhova ….kusho mina ngcukumanekazi

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  80. Cindy.... says:

    Umenzi wezinto ubani ongazi ukuthi yichalaha ……ishaye ngubane sokufakazela…..sesithi oyoficwa uyoncinzwa….# ezithandela bakithi umjikx

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  81. Cindy.... says:

    ANcah nkosie ngicela owenze i chart group yama ngcukuma/ngcukumanekazi angi add dis is my nmbr 0827305462….ngiyathanda ukukhuluma nabo abafowe2 nodadewe2….ngiyanithanda nonke balandeli bechalaha…plz ningi add…m @ pretoria

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  82. Cindy.... says:

    Balandeli bechala ngicela owenze ichart group yamangcukumane/ngukumanekazi angi add ngiyathanda ukukhuluma nabafowe2 nodadewe2 abalandela isidlovane..ngizoshiya i nmbr yami 0827305462….ngiyanithanda nonke balande beqhawe

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  83. Anonymous says:

    cha ngyakvma mthanden ngengom yakho eth Xenophobia.ngtholakal la min.mtuba

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  84. Nkazy says:

    Bafwe2 ichalaha lihamba lodwa noshwi nomtekhala remix sponono

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  85. Mthembu says:

    Ngicela ngingphe ingoma kamajotha eth thulungasho sengiyajola manje kuwhatapp number 0723353791

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  86. Mthembu says:

    Kodwa bakwethu ichalaha elishi likasha liyangibusisa

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  87. potoza mfana kuzolunga says:

    Nginodumo lonke Mina ngisho ngingafika kini ngingathandwa nakhon ngoba kuyogijima umkakho kugijime mah wakho,kuyo kuyogijima umkakho kugijime ingane yakho mfana, ichalaha best selling album (amalabatheka ) number 1 for the 3rd time ngicela wonke umunt olandela ichalaha angene esitolo somculo athenge ichalaha plz nobody can stop abalandeli bechalaha

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  88. Mthembu says:

    Wena indidana#mbhodobhodo

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  89. Anonymous says:

    Ihambile indidanooo ayilale ngokthula

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  90. Shayinja says:

    Indidanoooooo shemu ngayo ayilale ngoxolo ize bengingaythandi

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  91. Ndosi Khumalo says:

    Mina ngithi ukhuzani idlamlenze uMfana kampungose ngengoma bafowethu uMdala lomfana angeke baMkhone sdalwa. I love u Khuzani ngikthanda okuna Phakade Amaculo akho ayangi jabulisa Wonke. Sihamba nge BM iMoto ephambili khuzani qhubekela phambili mfana iNto eno Dlame iyahlupa. Ngingu mlandeli wakho mfowethu.

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