Artist Profiles: Shiyani Ngcobo

Shiyani Ngcobo

Shiyani Ngcobo was born in 1953 in Umzinto, on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast. Shiyani Ngcobo was a maskanda (Zulu folk music) musician for more than thirty years.

The winner of numerous maskanda awards, his use of a mixture of the rhythmic patterns associated with its different styles earned him a reputation in South Africa as a maskanda maestro.

Shiyani Ngcobo died February 18, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.


Introducing Shiyani Ngcobo (World Music Network, 2004)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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