South African Kwaito music group who formed in Cape Town in 1996 is back Bongo Maffin after taking a break from music scene. The group first released their first studio album, The Concerto, in 1998, followed by Bongolution and New Construction.
After 12 years apart, Kwaito group is set to make a historic comeback later this year at the African Creative Revolution.
With an uncategorised fusion of reggae, kwaito, pop, hip- hop, jazz and R&B singalongs Bongo Maffin announced recently that they’ll be working on a new album.
“We will be releasing a full album in September and dropping a single very soon,” said band member Speedy.
Although the group did not give away too much information about their upcoming project, they said they will be partnering with Kalawa Jazmee Records. Kalawa Jazmee Records is an independent record label based in South Africa. The label is reputable as a major contributor to the development of the Kwaito genre of music in South Africa.
Known these guys since 1996, back at it again… #KalawaJazmee just signed a partnership deal with @realbongomaffin. It is important for the stakeholders in the music industry to be adaptable and empowering. When we first signed we were a label, they were the artist. Today… we are partners 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 #HistoricDay #Music #Empowerment #IBelieve
The record label owner, Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, popularly known by his stage name Oskido shared his excitement with DRUM Magazine for the upcoming project. “It’s important to empower our artists, we have signed a 50-50 deal with the artists for them to become a business and not just be artists forever,” he said.
Oskido went on to say “what works is that we go into the studio and just go with the flow and see what comes out – sometimes when you plan too much things don’t work out but we are all very excited about the deal.”