Ihashi Elimhlophe gives upcoming traditional musicians a big break

A youth development project called Ihashi Movement, named after legendary maskhandi musicians Bheki Ngcobo who is famously known as Ihashi Elimhlophe, are set to host auditions to help develop young traditional musicians.

The Ihashe Movement’s initiative supported by the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (DSRAC) and the O.R Tambo district municipality, is a youth development project close to Ngcobo’s heart in which he uplifts rural communities through a singing competition. The movement was established in 2016 but launched two years later.

In 2018, nine young artists were chosen from KwaZulu-Natal, mentored and recorded a compilation album under IHN Records soon to be released under Universal
Music Group license.

The Ihashi Movement auditions will be held in the Eastern Cape, with different participants coming from various area including Alfred Nzo, Amathole and the Nelson Mandela districts. The Eastern Cape leg leg of the auditions will result in the artists being introduced and revealed in a media and public launch on Saturday, at the Civic Centre Hall in Mthatha from 9am.

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