Bhekumuzi Luthuli

The maskandi musician Bhekumuzi Luthuli passed away Wednesday after a long illness. He was only 48.

Maskandi music is associated with the rural parts of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal. It is also the music of Zulu migrants to Johannesburg. Luthuli, along with another musician Ihashi Elimhlophe (Bheki Ngcobo) did a lot to gain the genre mainstream success in South Africa. (Internationally Paul Simon has borrowed from maskandi for his “Graceland” in the 1980s. You can also here traces of it in the music of Vampire Weekend)

Anyway, today’s time to celebrate his music and life. The song above, “Impatha” is one of his hits. His greatest hit is “Imilanjwana.”

And here’s another, “Banamanga”:

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Sean Jacobs

Also goes by Hasan Wazan. Life President.

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  1. I find it very difficult to accept the fact that a website as big as this can just write without proper investigation. Firstly, Bhekumuzi is not Bhekumushi. Secondly, he only got sick a few day before he died, not long term sickness that you talk about, and lastly Imilanjwana is the greatest hit of Bhekumuzi Luthuli, thus the album Inkinga Ngu R7 sold past 100 000 copies. no offence but please remove the part that say he died after a long illness because that is not true, and it affects us (his fans) emotionally. He released his lattest album “Imali Yabelungu” 2 months before his death.

  2. @Hlula: I have corrected the spelling of his name in the title (In the post it was correct already). Secondly, I have corrected the information rre “Imilanjwana” as his greatest hit. Finally, I have deleted the AIDS reference.

    However, the long illness reference comes from a number of news reports, including the Sowetan, who reported on his passing and to which I linked.

    Thanks for looking out.

  3. Thanx for looking as well,

    The long illness they talking about is the kidney failures which his record company (Gallo) claims he was having, but that is just not the case. If you can listen to his last two albums(1818 and Imali Yabelungu) you will get the message..

    Cheers

  4. ngibuhlungu that l have only found out about ukusishiya kukaMadlanduna, he was and still is a star. Lalangokuthula Bhekumuzi Luthuli

  5. UMOYA WAMI UYAKHATHAZEKA NENHLIZIYO WEEEE,UMANGICABANGA UBUHLUNGU ENGABUZWA NGALELOLANGA – THIS SONG REMINDS ME A LOT ABOUT YOU MADLANDUNA – WHY DID YOU LIVE ME LIKE YOU KNOW YOU WERE THE REASON WHY I BUY AND WHY I CHOOSE TO LISTEN T MASKANDI MUSIC.BUT TO THOSE ABANE SANDLA ,I KNOW ITS IN YOUR FAMILY BUT GOD WILL DEALL WITH THEM ''MY TEARS WILL NEVER GO DOWN.I DONT WETHER WU MFOWENI,DADEWENU,OR UMAWAKHO ONE DAY IMINI IYEZA NAKUYENA

  6. UMOYA WAMI UYAKHATHAZEKA NENHLIZIYO WEEEE,UMANGICABANGA UBUHLUNGU ENGABUZWA NGALELOLANGA – THIS SONG REMINDS ME A LOT ABOUT YOU MADLANDUNA – WHY DID YOU LIVE ME LIKE THAT YOU KNOW YOU WERE THE REASON WHY I BUY AND WHY I CHOOSE TO LISTEN TO MASKANDI MUSIC.BUT TO THOSE ABANE SANDLA ,I KNOW ITS IN YOUR FAMILY BUT GOD WILL DEALL WITH THEM ''MY TEARS WILL NEVER GO DOWN.I DONT CARE WETHER WU MFOWENI,DADEWENU,OR UMAWAKHO ONE DAY IMINI IYEZA NAKUYENA

    1. listen to the song Ithuna lami liseceleni kwendlela from 1818,he said ngoba sengihamba la kuhamba khona izitha zami

  7. nokho akulula ukumxolela umenzi wobubi kuze kube manje uBheki ubephilisa ejabulisa ngomculo wakhe owubenesigqi sakhe kuphela mina ngasala dengwane futhi kuyacaca akekho oyophinde ayithathe indawo yakhe entliziyweni yami. nokho icala lisamile kuleliqaba elithakathayonokho akulula ukumxolela umenzi wobubi kuze kube manje uBheki ubephilisa ejabulisa ngomculo wakhe owubenesigqi sakhe kuphela mina ngasala dengwane futhi kuyacaca akekho oyophinde ayithathe indawo yakhe entliziyweni yami. nokho icala lisamile kuleliqaba elithakathayo

  8. u d reazon i listend 2 dis kind of music…pity u had 2 die so soon.#teardropz#
    R.I.P bheki!!! u’l alwz b d bst.

    Wonder wat happened!??? Or mayb besekufik iskhathi…

  9. kwaba buhlungu kakhulu ukuguqa kweqhawe elifana noBheki *kodwa akekho obenganqaba naye uma esebiziwe ekhaya ezulwini* “laluphumule qhawe lamaqhawe ezulwini sobonana futhi.

  10. Internet is full of lies njalo isuke yenze abantu belandele njalo bebenethemba emangeni wabo….mina kuthi ngiphalaze ngalendaba kaBhekumuzi ngoba ubengenalo igcikwane kodwa ene heart failer.lokho kudumaze wonk’umuntu uqobo la ezweni njalo kuyihlazo nasemndenini.

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