SINCE his introduction to the music scene last year maskandi singer Ichwane
Lebhaca has been extending boundaries and uniting seemingly diverse genres.

Born Zelule Mtshali in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, he has successfully combined Xhosa and Zulu maskandi music to create the very vibey sound of isibhaca.

Mtshali, who has just dropped his second album, Omama Bengane, has struggled for years to launch his music career. His break came when he won the Nedbank Music Competition in 2008 and got a recording contract with Gallo.

His latest album comes after his debut album, which was released two years ago and did well.

“I am pleased that my debut received a positive response,” he says. “That has really encourage me to work even harder on my new offering.”

With Omama Bengane Mtshali believes he has found a winning formula. A quick listen to his album suggests that he knows what he is doing and his sound has matured.

Produced by veteran maskandi muso Phuzekhemisi Mnyandu, the CD has important messages aimed at the community.

“I sing about what happens in people’s daily lives and my personal experiences. Everyone can relate to my songs because they tackle real issues.”

He is stresses out on the issue of teenage pregnancy.

“It’s disturbing to see young boys and girls who are 14 years old being called parents. This teenage pregnancy needs an urgent attention.”

 

source:http://www.sowetanlive.co.za (PATIENCE BAMBALELE)

Discography

Album Ubuyile Umaqondana Egoli Ichwane LeBhaca - Maskandi artist - Ubuyile Umaqondana Egoli
Released: 2008
Studio: Gallo Record Company
Tracks: 1 Babanga Ilifa
2 Umboqwana
3 Ubuyile Umaqondana Egoli
4 Babengihleka
5 Isonakali
6 Ingculaza
7 Bayamdudula
8 Amahala
9 Washiy’ Abazali
10 Zulu Laskhathaza
11 Khathazile
12 Ibheshu
Product Code: 3902173

 

Album: Omama Bengani Ichwane LeBhaca - Omama Bengani, maskandi artist
Released: 2010
Studio: Gallo Record Company
Tracks: 1. Omama Bengani
2. Ekhosombeni
3. Isishimane Sensizwa
4. Izigqi Zechwane
5. Emizini Yabantu
6. Impuph’iyabiza
7. Induku Ziyobuya
8. Umadakwani
9. Uhulumeni
10. Unongashelwa
11. Saphumelela Thina Ngengoma
12. E! Ngilos’engilondayo
13. Awuyek’amanga
14. Kuyabuswa Kwabhaca
Product Code:  CDGMP 41045

 

Album: Inkunzi Yomthakathi Ichwane Le Bhaca - Inkunzi Yomthakathi
Released: 2012
Studio: Gallo Record Company
Tracks: 1. Ugaqele Abafazi Babantu
2. Amantongomani
3. Inkunzi Yomthakathi
4. Ezemvelo
5. Bangibulelingoma
6. Isinkinyankinya Senkinga
7. Umsholozi
8. Goduka Makhoti
9. Sishimane Ngiyeke
10. Ndilandelingoma
11. Irhubo Lakwabhaca
12. Mfazi Othakathayo
13. Umlayezo
14. Musukuyibamba
15. Ongiholayo
16. Kuyabuswa Kwabhaca
Product Code:   CDGMP 41059