David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi guitarist, concertina, banjo player and vocalist who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age while travelling through Zululand with his late father who was a journalist. This interest grew exponentially over the years, and as a result, his love for traditional music was born.
After matriculating in 2010, Qadasi released his first studio album under record label, Sande Entertainment headed by Sibongiseni Shabalala of five-time Grammy Award winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His second album, released in 2014, was nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) and SATMA (South African Traditional Music Award). In 2015, Qadasi was honoured to receive a KwaZulu Natal Young Achievers Award for ‘social cohesion through Maskandi music.’
With two solo albums and a collaborative release featuring friend and highly respected Maskandi artist, Maqhinga Radebe, Qadasi’s quest to revive traditional Zulu Maskandi music is well underway.
His two solo albums, Child of Africa (2011) and Uhambo Olusha (2014) encapsulate influences from many of his idols, ranging from the likes of Phuzekhemisi and Mfaz’ Omnyama to Johnny Clegg and Paul Simon.
David first met Maqhinga in Durban in 2010 when enquiring about a concertina tuner. After a ‘jam session’, thus began their story and the two have become firm friends, with Maqhinga taking the role of music director and producer of David’s first solo projects.
In early 2016, Qadasi went on to record a collaborative album alongside Maqhinga titled, “Lashis’ Ilanga” – an organic, acoustic fusion of traditional Maskandi and western folk music. This was nominated for a 2017 SAMA Award for Best Traditional Album.
Aside from promoting Zulu culture, traditional music and social cohesion, Qadasi and Maqhinga have both been actively involved in rhino conservation, working alongside the Kingsley Holgate Foundation and Project Rhino KZN as Rhino Art Ambassadors.
There is much excitement in the promise of what lies ahead for this Maskandi artist who is continuing in the footsteps of this powerful genre’s icons.
2011 – (Qadasi) Child of Africa nominated for South African Traditional Music Award for Best Upcoming Artist
2013 – Performance at “South Africa Week” in Dublin & Limerick, Ireland
2013 – Support Act for Johnny Clegg, Old Mutual Concert, KwaZulu Natal
2013 – World Transplant Games Cultural Evening, KwaZulu Natal
2013 – Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
2014 – Support Act for Oliver Mtukudzi, Caversham Mill, KwaZulu Natal
2014 – Rhino Ambassadors for the “Rhino Art – Africa” Project and the “World Youth Rhino Summit”
2014 – (Qadasi) Uhambo Olusha nominated for South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) for Best Maskandi Album
2014 – (Maqhinga) iFacebook nominated for South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) for Best Male Album
2015 – (Qadasi) Uhambo Olusha nominated for South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Traditional Album
2015 – (Maqhinga) iFacebook nominated for South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Maskandi Album
2015 – (Qadasi) Performance at the SAMA Awards Live show.
2015 – (Qadasi) KZN Young Achievers Award for Social Cohesion through Maskandi Music.
2015 – Performance at the ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ South African Ball in Bangkok, Thailand.
2015 – Performance at the Bear Grylls Survival Race Festival in London, United Kingdom.
2016 – Performance at Moses Mabhida Stadium for Human Rights Day celebration, Durban KZN.
2016 – Performances for SA Embassies in Vietnam & Thailand and SA Consulate in India as part of SA Freedom Day celebrations.
2016 – Release of collaborative acoustic album, Lashis’ Ilanga.
2016 – Collaboration and performance with Danish vocal group, Baobab Sisters.
2017 – Lashis’ Ilanga nominated for South African Music Award for Best Traditional Album.
2017 – Lashis’ Ilanga nominated for South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) for Best Male Group.
2017 – Invited to perform at the annual Ferrara Buskers Festival in Italy.
2017 – Performance with the Baobab Sisters (Denmark) at 2017 SATMA Awards Ceremony in Mafikeng.
2018 – Performance at South African Embassy in Berlin, Germany as part of Freedom Day Celebrations
2018 – Performance at annual Hamburg Port Festival in Germany.
2018 – Performances alongside Baobab Sisters in Denmark.
2018 – Support Act for Mango Groove at Marriot Ballito Beats Concert, KwaZulu Natal
2018 – Tours in Ireland and Thailand
2019 – Collaboration with world-renowned Bluegrass Banjo player, Tony Trischka (USA)
2019 – Performance at South African Embassy in Berlin, Germany as part of Freedom Day Celebrations
2019 – German Tour – Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Aachen, Aschaffenburg, Gundelfingen, Bremen, Witzenhausen, Bad Sooden-Allendorf, Kassel, Otterndorf
2019 – Performance in Bremen, Germany (Durban’s partner city). Invited by Mayor Dr Carsten Sieling.
2019 – Invited by Mayor of Berlin to perform at 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
2019 – Support act for Mi Casa and Zakes Bantwini at African Renaissance Concert, ICC Durban