SEIF KABELELE CHIT CHAT FOUR QUESTIONS WITH THEO FROM MAFIKIZOLO-SOUTH AFRICA

SEIF KABELELE: What does Mafikizolo mean? why did you choose this name for your group?
THEO: The name mafikizolo simply means new kids on the block, i think we were the youngest group to be signed by kalawa jazzme records, so he said that you guys will just have to choose a name that will go along with the music that you do because we do kwaito music, kwaito music is a township music, so he needed a name that would associate with the music we are doing, LOL

SEIF KABELELE: Please introduce yourselves and tell us how you got into the music business.
THEO: Nhlanhla and i are neighbours, she stays in the same street, not very far from each other. so i had this idea of wanting to be in the music industry because i was attending a lot of talent search shows and i was imitating dancers but i said to myself i have to take this thing further and one day i decided that i want to form a group, i want to form a band. the reason why i wanted to form a band is that i’m so talented like in terms of writing songs and everything, you know it’s a god given talent and i wanted to expose that but i couldn’t do it without having a band or without having other people to sing the songs that i’ve written. so i met Nhlanhla at the talent search competition, so i invited her to my house, i wanted to hear her voice and i was impressed and i told her about the idea of forming a group together and then we started cutting a demo together, yebaaaaah
SEIF KABELELE: Kwaito? what does it mean to you and to the youth of South Africa today?
THEO: I would just say that in our country South Africa during the struggle young people didn’t really have the time to enjoy themselves because they were more focused on the struggle and then after the release of our former president Nelson Mandela in a form of you know, rejoicing, and enjoying the freedom, this music genre called kwaito started with artists like brothers of peace, arthur mafokate and other artists who were there long before us started formulating this music that we have today. it’s a way for young people from the townships to express themselves, after all this struggle and everything, it is a way of saying you know we’ve worked so hard.

SEIF KABELELE: What sort of relationship does this township expression have with, on the one hand house, and on the other hand, hip hop?
THEO: House and hip hop are very influnetial on kwaito music in a way that kwaito is a dance music and house music is a dance music as well so in the use of computers and samples it borrows certain elements from house and in the use of rap it borrows certain elements from hip hop. But the lyrics will remain South African, the people always express themselves with their own indigenous language. whether it’s Zulu or Tswana or Sotho, because we’ve got so many different cultures in south africa.
in America house and hip hop are virtually opposed to each other, almost in opposition as it were. whereas here kwaito has fused the two beautifully, peacefully.

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