Mafikizolo Biography: Net worth, Controversy, Songs, Albums, Break-ups, Fashion

The originators of the genre Afro-Pop

By  | May 20, 2020, 02:08 PM

Mafikizolo are the originators of the genre Afro Pop. The group came into the scene in 1997 as a Kwaito group and originally had three founding members.

Here's what you need to know about the Afro Pop group.

Mafikizolo Members


The group consisted of lead singer/composer Nhlanhla Sibongile Mafu Nciza, songwriter/composer/singer Theo Kgosinkwe and Tebogo Benedict Madingoane, rapper who unfortunately was shot dead in a road incident in 2004. The group became a duo after his passing. 
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Mafikizolo Controversy


With their late member Tebogo Madingoane, Mafikizolo had released their self titled album. They released their 1999 album titled Music Revolution before releasing the direction-giving Gate Crushers in 2000 which included their hits Looto and Majika. Gate Crashers really solidified their sound in Afro Pop, introducing listeners to something completely new and interesting.
 
When the group was asked how they planned on carrying on without Tebogo and whether their music would still sound the same. Nhlanhla, insisted that although they each brought new elements to their music,  they will continue to use the same formula like their previous selling albums.

She was also quoted said: 
“ They say you must not fix something that is not broken and we are not going to mess with our winning formula.”

Mafikizolo Music
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Their music has also been influenced by Kwaito and they have been credited with a genre called Kwela after their style of music. It has been described as kwaito-cum-marabi house music. Their music deals with social issues such as women and children abuse, poverty, the importance of education and the issues that arise from casual sex.

After a near fatal crash that left Nhlanhla Nciza hospitalized for a while they released their critically acclaimed album Sibongile in 2002, featuring the hit single, Ndihamba Nawe which is still relevant years later.

Mafikizolo Songs

Mafikizolo’s singles have all become like overnight successes and have managed to grab the attention of many music enthusiasts from all parts of Africa to all corners of the world. Affording them the opportunity to travel and perform overseas. These are their most listened to tracks according to Spotify.com:

Khona
Colors Of Africa
Udakwa Njalo
Going Nowhere
Happiness
Makhwapheni
Ndihamba Nawe

Theo was quoted saying: 

Our music is enjoyed by the young and the old. We are taking our fans back and forth.
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Albums & Break Ups


In 2003, they released Kwela which featured the late great Hugh Masekela with other features from artists like Kwela Kwela, Udakwa Njalo and Emlanjeni amongst others.

In 2005 they released Van Toeka which featured Nisixoshelani and Mas'Thokoze among others. In 2006, they released Six Mabone which featured O Tswa Kae? And Undenzantoni?
 
However, their fans weren’t aware that Six Mabone would be the album, Mafikizolo would release before their four year hiatus.

During their hiatus in 2009 they released a compilation album The Best of which included one new song, Walila. But they didn’t get back together officially until 2013.

They resumed with the music in 2013, when they released their internationally acclaimed single Khona featuring Uhuru. Their first album after their hiatus was titled Reunited which saw them winning 12 SAMAs in one night among other awards and nominations.
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Mafikizolo's Awards


The success of Reunited was so huge that they only released a follow up album 4 years later in 2017 titled 20 to celebrate their 20th anniversary in the music industry. 20 features Love Potion,Yemi Alade and Ofana Nawe.

However, throughout the duration of their careers, they managed to pick up couple of golden trophies here and there-probably unaware that they would be starting an extensive collection.
 
2004: South African Music Award for Best Duo/Group of the Year
2007: South African Music Award for Best Duo/Group of the Year
2014: Album of the Year, Reunited.
2014: Duo or Group of the Year
2014: Best Pop Album, Reunited.
2014: Best Collaboration, Mafikizolo Ft May D (Happiness)
2014: Best Selling Full-Track Download, South African Music Award, Khona.
2014: Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone, South African Music Award, Khona.
2014: Album of the Year during the South African Music Award, Reunited.
2014: Song of the Year during the MTV Africa Award, Khona.
2014: MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download, Khona.
2014: MTV Africa Music Award for Best Group
2014: South African Music Award for Best Selling Total Download, Khona

Mafikizolo Networth 


For the past 20 years, Mafikizolo have been one of South Africa’s most loved musical duos, reaching audiences around the world. Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe have made major inroads into the genre on the African continent and beyond, and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon.
 
 Over the last two decades, they have sold well over a million copies of their albums and they have been nominated for BET (Black Entertainment Television) and AMA (American Music Awards) awards,internationally. Making them have a networth of a young R20 MILLION.
 
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Mafikizolo Fashion


Their imagery and branding celebrate all things fabulous and vibrant about African cultures – they dabble in Herero headgear from Namibia and the pleated Tsonga skirt from South Africa. Mafikizolo are proudly African and excellently positioned to take African music to the world and unite the continent under their banner.

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