Khuzani Mpungose’s ‘Ijele’ ush

Maskandi artist Khuzani Mpungose Photo: Supplied

Khuzani Mpungose’s ‘Ijele’ ushers Ukhozi FM listeners to 2021

Khuzani Mpungose made history when his song ‘Ijele’ received close to 1 million votes for Ukhozi FM’s Ingoma Ehlukanisa Unyaka campaign.

Khuzani Mpungose’s ‘Ijele’ ush

Maskandi artist Khuzani Mpungose Photo: Supplied

Congratulations are in order for Maskandi artist Khuzani Mpungose who received a whopping 957 950 votes, as his song Ijele ushered Ukhozi FM listeners to 2021. Fans cast a record-breaking 1.6 million votes for the 2020 campaign. 

The results have been widely celebrated but have led to some accusing the station of tribalism, using Maskandi artists to increase the station’s revenues from the campaign and that it’s no longer about the quality of the song.

Khuzani Mpungose received close to 1 million votes

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala has also joined scores of South Africans to congratulate the 31-year-old on his achievement. In the video Zikalala congratulated him on the success of his CD and single while emphasising the significance of traditional music.


Across other SABC radio stations the song of the year was Murahu by Limpopo born artist Makhadzi Muimbi. Tweeps accused the KZN based radio station of tribalism and profiting from the inclusion of Maskandi artists considering the fact that these artists have a huge fan base and have always been voted as number one whenever they are included in the top ten. Ijele alone made over R1.4 million for the station. In 2015, Mroza Fakude won by close to 44 000 votes and in 2019 Ntencane won by over 430 000 votes.

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Generally, a song needs to be in the station’s playlist for a minimum of three months in order to qualify for the Ingoma Ehlukanisa Unyaka campaign, however, Ijele by Khuzani and Amageja by his rival Mthandeni Manqele (now known as Indlabeyiphika) were both released in November but made it to the top ten.


Indlamlenze as Mpungose is popularly known took to Instagram to thank his fans for voting for him and how humbled he is by the love they showed him.


10. Azana – Your Love (4472 votes)

9. MFR Souls ft. Major League DJ’s, Kamo Mphela and Bontle Smith – Amanikiniki (5689 votes)

8. Kelly Khumalo – Empini (9584 votes)

7. Soa Matrix ft. Shun G and Soulful G – Uthando (16 087 votes)

6. Mapara A Jazz ft. Ntosh Gazi and Colano – John Vuligate (27 803 votes)

5. DJ Hlo- Festive (45 109 votes)

4. Nomcebo Zikode ft. Master KG – Xola Moya Wami (71 465 votes)

3. Big Zulu ft. Ricky Rick – Imali Eningi (213 387 votes)

2. Indlabeyiphika – Amageja (312 051 votes)

1. Khuzani ft. Luve Dubazane – Ijele (957 950 votes)