Kwaito is South Africa’s most proudest export as it reflects the originality of the township, a sound that most of us are familiar with. We find artists nowadays attempting to recapture the spirit of the ghetto but the truth is, as much as they make music that is distinct but vaguely familiar, they are inspired by the old school kats.
These were the songs we would sing along to when there still television shows like Jam Alley and Shell Road to fame, we would imitate their videos and obviously copy their styles. These were our idols. There was something magical about different individuals coming together to make music. Let’s take you down memory lane and remind you about your favourite Kwaito group from the 90’s.
Arguably one of the leading Kwaito groups in South Africa, Boom Shaka have been at the forefront of the movement. Maybe one of the things we loved about Boom Shaka is the fact that having female voices in the group set them apart from the rest of the groups that were out at that time. The ladies added sex appeal and could reach a wider audience. Can you remember the dance moves to Boom Shaka?
Consisting of Emmanuel “Mjokes” Matsane, Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Eugene “Donald Duck” Mthethwa, Jairus “Jakarumba” Nkwe and Zynne “Mahoota” Sibika, Trompies was one of the premier Kwaito groups in the country. They always had bright coloured matching outfits and their dance moves were out of this world. Remember Magasman featuring Lebo Mathosa of Boom Shaka? That song was heat, still is!
This is the group that introduced us t the sunning talent of Mdu Masilela. This group was founded by Masilela, Tokollo (TKZee) and Sbu (AmaLawyer).
Who can forget their hits such as Phalafala and Shibobo. This was the ultimate kwaito group who consisted of Kabelo Mabelane, Zwai Bala and Tokollo Tshabalala. They have made such an impact on Kwaito music as a genre that they are considered as living legends.
Bongo Maffin were the epitome of cool, they brought hits such as That’sghubu. They brought a new school sound to Kwaito music and helped to modify it by adding raggae and soulful melodies to the genre.
We certainly miss the old days. Which of these groups did you jam to the most?