The uniquely Mzansi genre, Kwaito, was founded in the 90’s. Ever since, Mzansi has seen musicians producing hit album after hit album in this unique genre.
However, there are two fathers of Kwaito, Arthur Mafokate and M'du Masilela. A constant debate on the streets as to who is the greatest is a mere matter of favoritism.
M’du Masilela was born in Zola South in 1970. He began his music aspirations on his grandmother’s piano.
M’du headed several musical groups and preformed alongside the likes of Pat Shange, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala. His lifelong friend and collaborator, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng formed MM Deluxe in 1988, making their mark by mixing township music with that of popular international dance music.
M’du had his debut album released in 1990, titled ‘LA Beat’. He followed it up with the popular Tsiki Tsiki in 1994.
Arthur Mafokate is a Kwaito musician and producer. He was born in Soweto, and later his family moved to Midrand.
Makfokate was a well-known back up dancer with great rhythm and danced alongside artists of high stature, Brenda Fassie, Monwa & Son and Johnny Mokhali, to name a few. In 1995 he created his first biggest Kwaito hit song ‘Kaffir’. He is also the founder of the popular music label 999.
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