When young men of his generation chose to play kwaito, hip-hop and Afro-pop, it’s not surprising that Jali, opted for maskandi music. Growing up listening to Phuzekhemisi and seeing his father playing concertina, what chance did he have?

“I started playing concertina at the age of 7. My father had it and I taught myself until I was perfect. By the time I was 14, I was already a professional. It was then I noticed I had a passion for maskandi.”

The multi-instrumentalist singer plays concertina, drums, acoustic, bass and guitar. As usual he is very vocal on social issues, warning all road users to take special care when driving.

Jali also keeps in touch with his culture and rounds up his nostalgic journeys with an HIV-Aids song pleading with people to come together in the fight against it

“Every time I write a song I take my time because I want my listeners to feel the songs and easily relate to them,” Jali says.

As is to be expected, his guitar matches perfectly with his lyrics. Jali’s music exudes experience and understanding of the genre.

Jali started out in the industry in 1997 as a member of a local group called iSisu Sezwe.

He joined Phuzekhemisi in 1998, travelled around the world over the years. In 2004 he released his debut Wavotaphi and dropped his second Bayasixabanisa in 2007.