as it was a the second Annual KZN Isicathamiya Music Tour And Talent Search Event that was organised by Saziso Infortainment & Projects together with Rainbow Records SA. It was held in B Section EZakheni in uMnambithi KZN Midlands which is taking place every October. Organisers of this event, Mr Saziso Dlamini, together with Anele Mbatha started this festival last year, It was launched at Pomeroy in uMsinga where a group called Amathandanani won in a talent search session. They had a CD recorded for free and sent to radio stations to be played on air. In this festival, major Isicathamiya groups are also invited to come and entertain the community and also show the local emerging groups the importance of Isicathamiya music genre.
This year's event was also sponsored by the KZN Arts & Culture department and Forch Communications & Projects. The two groups that won were Ladysmith Happy Boys and Abafana beThokozisa. They will get a free studio recording of a CD and their albums will be distributed in the country.
Dr Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Mambazo, was also honoured with a Lifetime Achiever Award for his contribution in making Isicathamiya music known in the world. Other outstanding Isicathamiya groups like Zulu Messengers, Pomeroy Gordon Stars, Royal Messengers, Hlanganani, Amathandanani, BlackTigers, Abafana bezamanani, Abafana bethembelihle, Red Lions, Colenso Abafana benkokhelo and Pongola Home Train were also given trophies as tokens of appreciation.
The attendance was good; people enjoyed the show and are looking forward to the next Isicathamiya competition next year.
Photos and report: Saziso Dlamini