Mercy Masakona Madzivhandila graduated with a PhD in Music from the University of Venda. Picture supplied.

Musician Mercy Madzivhandila also a respected academic


Mercy Masakona Madzivhandila has earned herself respect in both the music industry and academic circles after she graduated with a PhD in music from the University of Venda on Friday (19 November).

Her thesis is titled: A descriptive analysis of tshifasi – an ordinary African musicological study. She said that tshifasi was somehow overlooked by many people in relation to other cultural or traditional dances, and she chose to focus on that because she felt tshifasi should be included in the Department of Basic Education’s curriculum as a means of promoting South African indigenous music.

“There is more to tshifasi than meets the eye, that needs to be employed in society,” she said. “I am confident that my study has identified the social roles of tshifasi successfully.” She said tshifasi taught children to grow up with love, respect and care for fellow people and their nation. 

Madzivhandila has a BMus degree, an MA in African Studies, and a certificate in music, all from the University of Venda.

Madzivhandila grew up at Lwamondo Tshifulanani where she was involved in musical activities where she sang alto. She currently resides at Zwavhavhili village in the Lwamondo area. In her musical career, she has taken part in the projects of fellow musicians such as Lufuno Dagada, Roxley Masevhe, Cairo, Malondolo, Mbilu Rapson Rambuwani, ICC Music Ministry, Devine Life Ministries Music Group, Naledzani Netshirembe, Lucky M, Itani Madima and Ndivhuwo Luvhengo.

Like many artists, her love of music became clear when she was a Sunday school child. She later joined the ICC Ministry Band under the leadership of Apostle (Dr) Maxwell Masakona. The band released two albums with Mercy as leading vocalist on most of the songs.

She went solo in 1997 and released her debut full-length album the following year, titled Yesu wa vhuthu. Her other albums, among others, are Haho (2001), Haho 2 (2006), Dzina lawe (2012), Ha shanduki (2013), Tshilangano (2018), A ri edeli (2019), and she has a post-production album titled Tshihwilili that is due soon.

Most of her music is available on CD and online platforms, including Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and YouTube. For live performance bookings, Mercy can be phoned on Tel 083 479 3834, 071 421 1272 or 084 663 4646.



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Date:27 November 2021 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.




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