Mfiliseni Zamokwakhe Magubane was born at Ngudwini (Eshowe), north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal on the first of January 1965. Eshowe still remains close to his heart to this day and has been a subject of a number of his songs.

Mqabuleshesha (as he is affectionately known to his adoring fans) has a career that spans over thirty years in the music industry. His entry to the recording world is documented in 1986. Mfiliseni is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Maskandi rhythm and an activist of the South African traditional music.

Mfiliseni has composed and produced music for award winning musicals like Sarafina, Township Fever, Magic at 4A.M and Maria Maria. He has also toured and performed in Europe as part of the cast of these musicals. In the film industry, he has composed the song “Vuma Dlozi Lami” for Anant Singh’s movie adaptation of “Sarafina”, in addition, he composed “Isiwiliwili Samabhunu” for Leleti Khumalo in Magic at 4 a.m. a song that featured on Mbongeni Ngema’s CD, “Laduma”.

He has also performed and shared the stage with numerous international artists. Mfiliseni performed at the Children of Africa Festival in Nigeria with the likes of Kool & The Gang, Michael Jackson, Rita Marley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mahlathini & Mahotela Queens to name a few.  He was later invited by Danny Simms (legendary Bob Marley producer & Michael Jackson’s then concert promoter) to record at Marley’s studio in Kingston, Jamaica with Rita Marley and several other international artists.  In 1994, he featured as an opening act for Paul Simon’s Graceland Tour at the Natal Playhouse in Durban; in 1995 performed at the SADC Music Festival in Harare, Zimbabwe. His list of performances are endless.

MILESTONES
1986:  Enters the Maskandi music industry that was then dominated by Mbaqanga music as the popular traditional music genre.
1988–1997:  Participated in the annual prestigious “Maskandi Music” competitions in an adjudicators capacity in collaboration with “Juluka’s” Sipho Mchunu
1989–1997:  Composed and produced the music for the following award winning musicals:

  • Sarafina
  • Township Fever
  • Magic at 4 A.M.
  • Maria, Maria

Mfiliseni toured and performed in Europe with casts of the above musicals.  Composed the song “Vuma Dlozi Lami” for Anant Singh’s movie adaptation of “Sarafina”, in addition, he composed “Isiwiliwili Samabhunu” for Leleti Khumalo in Magic at 4 a.m. a song that featured on Mbongeni Ngema’s CD, “Laduma”.
1993:  Performed at the Children of Africa Festival in Nigeria and shared the stage with the likes of Kool & The Gang, Michael Jackson, Rita Marley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mahlathini & Mahotela Queens to name a few.  He was later invited by Danny Simms (legendary Bob Marley producer & Michael Jackson’s then concert promoter) to record at Marley’s studio in Kingston, Jamaica with Rita Marley and several other international artists.

1994:  Features as an opening act for Paul Simon’s, Graceland Tour at the Natal Playhouse in Durban.
1995:  Invited to perform at the SADC Music Festival in Harare, Zimbabwe.
1996:  Performed at the Music Village in London (UK) and Berlin (Germany).
1998:  Performed at the Sony Stage (festival’s principal stage) at the London Music Festival in Portugal.
2000 – 2007:  He has worked closely with different radio stations during the years, performing road shows all over the country on HIV/Aids Awareness, Breast Cancer, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, and various social events.

Over the years he has acquired legendary status attaining enormous respect from his peers in the realms of South Africa’s traditional artists.  Originally form Ngudwini, Eshowe and now residing in Maphumulo, KwaDukuza he has released 13 albums excluding the soon to be released “iQhalaqhala”.

HONORS

  • Honorary Masters Degree from Mangosuthu University of Technology.
  • 2008 SATMA Award for Best Male Artist.