Skhobokhobo to celebrate in Gwanda

BULAWAYO - Madlela Skhobokhobo, who walked away with three gongs at the inaugural Bulawayo Arts Awards held in the City of Kings in July this year, has lined up a celebratory one-day music fiesta in his home town of Gwanda on December 23.

Madlela of the Ngamnanka uSaMamoe fame, who had been nominated four times, won the Outstanding Actor for his role in the television series Madlela 1 to 3 and the films Silence and Bafoe My Blood, the Newcomer of the Year award as well as the song of the year award for the hit Ngamnanka uSaMamoe.

The multi-talented artiste’s manager, Lubelihle Banda, told the Daily News that one-day music fiesta, set for Gwanda’s Phelandaba Stadium, will be an opportunity for the Skhobokhobo to mix and mingle with his people in his area of birth.

“It is a show that we thought can be good for Madlela and the band and the community where Madlela comes from,” said Banda, adding that the award-winning artiste was looking forward to interacting with people he grew amongst.

“Madlela has been hailed and honoured in Zimbabwe and South Africa but the biggest honour he will cherish the most is from his people. That is why we have organised this gig.

“These are the people who saw him grow right from birth. They therefore deserve to cherish one of their own who has so far been doing well in the music and acting industry here and in South Africa,” she said.

According to Banda, the event, dubbed Madlela Day, will feature top artistes such as Jeys Marabini, Martin Sibanda and Ndolwane Super Sounds, Nkwali, Kuxxman and several Gwanda-based musicians.

Zimbabwean musicians currently based in South Africa Mehlokazulu and Zinjaziyamluma are also billed to perform at the gig.

Banda said the show will kick off at 3pm to allow families to be able to be part of the show.

Madlela, who shuttles between Bulawayo and Johannesburg due to demand of his productions in both countries, was born Mothusi Bashimane Ndlovu to a Mobirwa/Sotho mother called Putso Sijiye and a Jawunda father.

He grew up in the rural areas of Gwanda and went to Manama High School and Zezani High School respectively for secondary education. “I am a God-fearing man who believes that a dream never dies and that God’s time is always the best,” he said.