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Kwaito is genuinely South African, cooked and brewed right here in ekasi. It has survived two decades and is well on the way to seeing this one out as well. Pioneers of this genre, amajita like, Brothers of Peace, Trompies and the self anointed king of Kwaito, Arthur Mafokate are now legends of the game.
Expectedly, the sound and beat has changed over the years. The tempo is faster now and it has incorporated beats from other genres. The music has remained the same nonetheless.
The first time Bafana Bafana qualified for a World Cup, a Kwaito group made a song in celebration of that. The song, Shibobo is now a classic, no doubt about it.
Below are few of the songs that still make heads bow up and down and get feet tapping:
TKZ, Dlala Mapantsula: Here was a group that changed the game completely. It introduced a new style filled with catchy lyrics. This is song, coupled with its video is definitely a contender for the ultimate Kwaito song.
MDU, Chommie ya bana: The Godfather of Kwaito, Mdu at one time was running the game. Year after year he dropped hits after hits. This song is probably the one that put him right at the top of his peers. Although possibly there are other tracks better than it.
ZOLA, Lwandle: a poet half mrapper, Zola brought conscious lyrics to kwaito, his tracks made sense and had a deep meaning. This song he dedicated to his first born, Lwandle.
TROMPIES, Sweety Lavo: amapantsula oqobo. This group is probably the best kwaito group ever. They never changed their style right to the end. Very hard to single out which is their best song but we recon Sweety Lavo is a contender.
MANDOZA, Nkalakatha: The prince of Kwaito, Mandoza had a few years of his own running the game. His beats were completely different from all other artists. Possibly the first cross- over Kwaito artist, Nkalakatha had both, black and white Mzansians dancing and singing along to it. Shaun Pollock is said to have loved the song so much that he wanted it played whenever he was about to bowl his over.
By Siphiwo Nkonki