QADASI – David Jenkins


David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi musician who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age growing up in Empangeni, right in the heart of Zululand.

Now based in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, David is following his dream of being a professional Maskandi musician and is proud to be a SAMA (South African Music Award) and two-time SATMA (South African Traditional Music Achievement) Award nominee.

With two solo albums and a new collaborative release featuring fellow Maskandi artist, Maqhinga Radebe, Qadasi’s quest to revive traditional Zulu Maskandi music is well underway.

Over the past several years, Qadasi has accomplished a great deal as a South African artist, with some of his achievements including performances in the USA, UK, Ireland and Asia, and a performance at the 2015 SAMA Awards live show.

Qadasi is presently under the independent label, Sande Entertainment, headed by Sibongiseni Shabalala, a member of four-time Grammy Award winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

His last solo album, Uhambo Olusha, is the end result of the sounds Qadasi has been developing over the years and was nominated for Best Maskandi Album in the 2014 SATMA Awards and Best Traditional Album in the 2015 SAMA Awards. It encapsulates influences from many of his idols, ranging from the likes of Phuzekhemisi and Mfaz’ Omnyama to Johnny Clegg and Paul Simon.

In early 2016, Qadasi went on to record an organic, fully acoustic album in collaboration with Maqhinga, taking traditional Maskandi music back to its roots.

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.


Noteworthy Performances/Achievements

2011 – Release of debut album, Child of Africa

2011 – Child of Africa nominated for South African Traditional Music Award for Best Upcoming Artist

2011 – South African Food and Wine Festival, Virginia, USA

2011 – Madiba Restaurant, New York City, USA

2012 – SA State President’s Christmas party in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal

2013 – SA State President’s Annual NEC Speech, Kings Park Stadium, KwaZulu Natal

2013 – “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

2013 – Amambazo – The Musical with Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Cast as Paul Simon, Playhouse Durban

2014 – Release of second album, Uhambo Olusha

2014 – Amambazo – The Musical with Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Cast as Paul Simon, State Theatre Pretoria

2014 – Support Act for Oliver Mtukudzi, Caversham Mill, KwaZulu Natal

2014 – Rhino Ambassador for the “Rhino Art – Africa” Project and the “World Youth Rhino Summit”

2014 – Uhambo Olusha nominated for South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) for Best Maskandi Album

2015 – Uhambo Olusha nominated for South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Traditional Album

2015 – Performance at the SAMA Awards Live show.

2015 – KZN Young Achievers Award for Social Cohesion through Maskandi Music.

2015 – Performance with Maqhinga at the ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ South African Ball in Bangkok, Thailand.

2015 – Performance with Maqhinga 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 with Maqhinga 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 by Qadasi & Maqhinga

2017 – Lashis’ Ilanga nominated for South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Traditional Album