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South African kwaito music group Bongo Maffin is back

Bongo Maffin is back

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. 

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.”

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Era Baloyi

The author Era Baloyi

Era Baloyi is a Copywriter, Social Media Manager, Public Relations and Communications practitioner who is Co-Founder and CEO of Fame Africa TV. He's been with Fame Africa TV since 2014 and he's seen how the magazine grew. He focuses more on entertainment, music and movie reviews.