‘Big Zulu did not disrupt me’ — Manqele

By Celani Sikhakhane

Maskandi artist Mthandeni Manqele rejected claims that his performance at the EFF manifesto launch was disrupted by the award-winning rapper Big Zulu.

“Paris” hitmaker Manqele, who is affectionately known as Igcokama Elisha, told Scrolla.Africa via his brother Mkhuliseni Mdletshe that Big Zulu’s entrance at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday was misunderstood. 

It was reported that Big Zulu’s entrance swayed fans from Manqele, who was already performing on stage.

Mdletshe said that Manqele’s fans never left him but showed a sense of gratitude to Big Zulu after he entered the stadium while Manqele was still on stage.

“That kind of euphoria also happened to Manqele when he arrived at the stadium when gospel star Thobekile Mkhwanazi was still on stage. This shows that these artists command a [big] fan base who love them and appreciate their art,” said Mdletshe. 

He said that the warm reaction of EFF members shows that Manqele and other artists have a huge fan base among the party’s members.

Mdletshe said the evidence of Manqele’s strong command of the EFF fan base was evident when its members agreed that his song “Paris” was indeed a song of the year although it only made number two on Ukhozi FM’s New Year top 10.

The station has come under fire over the song of the year competition. Some music fans have accused its programme manager Sbongi Ngcobo of favouring Manqele’s nemesis and “uMjolo Lowo” hitmaker Khuzani Mpungose.

The SABC has come out in Ngcobo’s defence and stated that she is neither suspended nor under investigation following the song of the year saga. 

Big Zulu couldn’t be reached for comment as his phone rang unanswered. 

Pictured above: Maskandi artist Mthandeni Manqele and his backers made a grand entrance at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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