Condry Ziqubu has long been involved in the development and promotion of art and culture in Alexandra. He established and groomed 15 brass band youth from disadvantaged backgrounds from Alexandra and turned them into self-sufficient and productive members of the society. He was approached by the French embassy, who sent a music director to the dusty streets of Alexandra. The Director enthusiastically attended the brass band rehearsals conducted by Condry Ziqubu and was very impressed with the band that he invited it to come and play in Paris. When the band arrived in Paris, they were joined on their repertoire by French youth who had rehearsed their music.
Playing in an ensemble that comprises of a 40 piece brass band, they churned out a sound that simply mesmerized the French. For ten days in Paris they infused traditional and township wedding songs into the French musical strains. Coming back home from what was clearly an exciting and memorable experience; Ziqubu couldn’t wait to start recording gospel instrumentals. He reduced the 15 member band to 7 and appropriately named them The Condry Ziqubu Brass Band.
Condry is popularly known as “Skorokoro”, whin means an old beat up car. This was the social commentary he made in one of his songs that reflected the social economic and cultural milieu of black life in apartheid South Africa.
The experience he has garnered over the years playing with the likes of Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Thandiswa Mazwai, Harari and the late Brenda Fassie and many others. To this day, Condry continues to perform live and is also recording at his studio in AlexSan Kopano.
One of Condry’s highlights in his career is touring the United States with Harry Belafonte. The tour started in New York, then Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit Michigan and Las Vegas.
The ultimate guitar virtuoso that is Condry Ziqubu surfaces strongly in his many projects such as the Condry Ziqubu Brass Band, teenage Gospel sensation, Galaletsang, Condry Ziqubu and Friends, featuring Scorpion Madondo, Kwadi Jazz Band based in Alexandra, MalaMash, a youth hip hop artist from Alexandra and The Alexandra Brass Brand.
The legend continues to make a musical onslaught of a different kind of gospel music with his brass band. He won the crown gospel music award for the best gospel instrumental group at Durban ICC Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre. He has sold more than 500 000 sales of his previous hits like “Skorokoro, “Via Orlando”, “Yellow Mieliemeal” just to mention a few.
After more than 30 years of his musical exploration, Ziqubu has combined influences he picked up from diverse countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Europe and the United States of America.
In fact he has mellowed and matured significantly which is why he cannot be pigeonholed as a musician of only one particular genre. . 2011 brought great things for Condry he featured in a South African Movie called, “Ingxoxo” created by Mzansi Films, this film stars renowned actor, Magic Hlatshwayo, former Director of popular soapie, Muvhango and Kid this multi-talented musician. He featured in a new
In 2010 he released an exciting new 12 track album which features the monster hit track called “We can make it”, which he wrote in light of the momentous 2010 Soccer World Cup!! The song, which caused a stir on the airwaves of popular radio stations, definitely inspired our soccer squad, Bafana Bafana. The Album has proved to be a great success.
Below are milestone achieved by Condry Ziqubu;
1. 1967- 1970 Member of the Anchors Music Group
2. 1970- 1980 – Member of the Flaming Souls Music Group
3. 1981- 1984 Member of Harari Music Group
4. 1984- Condry went solo and released “Yellow Mielie Meal
5. 1985- Condry released the smash hit, “Skorokoro” which sold more than 100 000 copies
6. 1986- Gorilla Man was released and sold more than 60 000 copies
7. 1987- Pick 6 released and went gold, 30 000 copies sold
8. 1988- Received Autumn Harvest Award for contribution to South African music
9. 1989- Performed in Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival which was produced by Quincy Jones
10. 1990- Performed in Zimbabwe for Caiphus Semenya’s Buwa Music show
11. 1991- Performed for Unity 1991 at the FNB stadium with Caiphus Semenya, Mariam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwanga
12. 1994- Performed at the Nelson Mandela Inauguration in Pretoria
13. 1998- Performed at Nelson Mandela Birthday Bash in Gallagher Estate, Midrand
14. 1999- Drakensburg Promotions festival at Moretele Park in Mamelodi, Pretoria
15. 2000- Joy of Jazz Music festival in Newtown
16. 2001- 702 Benefit Concert at the Zoo Lake
17. 2002- Jazz by the River at Dickenson Park in Vereeniging
18. 2003- Performed at the Hazelmere Dam Jazz Festival in Durban
14. 2004- Jozi FM Gospel Music festival in Soweto
14. 2005- Performed at the Carnival City “Women’s Month” Charity Concert
14. 2006- Performed at the Cape Town Jazz Festivalfeaturing Richard Bona
15. 2007- Ekungwini “80s Festival” in Mpumalanga
16. 2008- Mapubungwe Cultural festival in Limpopo, Polokwane
17. 2009- MACUFE Annual Cultural Music festival in the Free State
18. 2010- Produced the BAFANA BAFANA song titled “WE CAN MAKE IT”
19. 2010- Performed in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tour in the following areas; Centurion, Mafikeng,Vryburg and Kimberly
20. 2011- Performed in the Keith Sweat “80s Music Extravaganza at Welkom and the Vaal
Condry Ziqubu Entertainment was established by Mr. Condry Ziqubu, the famed musician from Alexandra Township. Though the company was registered in 2011, the owner has been involved in the music industry for the past 40 years. The establishment of the company was necessitated by the desire of Mr. Ziqubu to be an independent and self-employed individual whose focus would be to;