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MBABANE – Formerly known as Shwi Nomtekhala, the South African Maskandi duo split but Shwi kept his love for music.

He has been confirmed by the Makoti Festival organisers as one of the headliners for the event. The Maskandi duo was formed back in 1990’s.Some of their famous songs include ‘Ngafa’ which was their biggest selling record back in 2019. Other famous songs include; ‘Wangisiza baba’, ‘Sponono sami’ and ‘Uthando’. The second edition of the Makoti Festival will be held on April 22, at Malkerns Country Club with an exciting line-up that will be revealed in stages.

New Life Entertainment will be hosting the second edition of the much loved music, food and fashion festival. Speaking to committee member, Thembinkosi Mthethwa, he revealed that they were still in preparations for the event and would reveal other artists who will also perform at a later stage. Mthethwa promised that this year’s show would be bigger and better than the last. The Makoti Fest is a family oriented event aimed at promoting the Eswatini culture in a fun and inclusive manner, which is why the event will include activities for children among others.

Food and fashion stalls, live performances and cultural exchange programmes will be the order of the day at the festival and it promises to be a family friendly environment for patrons. The emphasis on the word ‘makoti’ speaks to the event’s goal to empower women through this initiative and to educate younger females on the importance of being a responsible female, while promoting entrepreneurship among women. “The festival is the brainchild of New Life Entertainment, together with the Illa Penboy Foundation, who have seen a glaring gap in the celebration of modern women, in particular married, unmarried and the young girls who aspire to be a proud makoti in the near future. At this event, the whole family will come out to play and network, while also selling wares, dressed in African inspired clothing creating a buzz for lifestyle, fashion, food and music,” reads a statement by the committee.


According to Mthethwa, there will be traditional meals prepared on that day and patrons will also get to experience vintage Eswatini food. Companies participating in the event are encouraged to bring along members of their staff who belong to Lutsango as this is an event aimed at women empowerment. Patrons are urged to bring their families and participate in this culturally rich initiative, which will intrigue foreigners and raise interest in the local youth on issues pertaining to their culture. We expect to see various designs inspired by local patterns and sceneries while enjoying a unique Eswatini experience with the whole family. This will also greatly improve relations in families, as they will get a chance to interact with one another, unlike the routine that our daily life brings.

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