That concert was remarkable. Never before had straight-ahead Zulu maskanda from Kwa Zulu Natal been performed on an American stage. And here it was at Carnegie Hall! Shiyani and his band played for a solid two hours, far beyond the scheduled length of the concert. Perhaps he somehow knew this would be his one chance to play for an American audience, and he took it to the limit. Personally, it was one of the great concerts of my musical life.
|Shiyani Ngcobo, Eyre 2007|
We don't know almost anything about how Shiyani died, but we do know how he lived, as a deeply committed musical spirit. He brought tremendous happiness to many, and we will miss him profoundly.
Read Shiyani's World Music Network obituary.