By Mokgopo Tilo.
Acclaimed afro-pop group, Mafikizolo, is back in the music lime light after disappearing for almost six years. The last project the group dropped, Six Mabone, was released in 2006 and after many years of silence, the group is back with a hit track, Khona, to revive its self as well as claim its high ranking position.
When the group broke into the entertainment industry in the late 1900s, no one anticipated Mafikizo to have an immense impact it has today in South Africa and elsewhere in the world. People though it would be like one of those groups that come and quickly fade out, but to everyone’s surprise, Mafikizolo sustained itself and despite all the difficulties the group faced, like losing one member for example, the group is still going strong.
Mafikizolo started off with three members: jubilant, energetic and broad humoured smile, Theo Kgosinkwe, Nhlanhla Nciza and deceased Tebogo Madingoane (may his soul rest in peace). Even though Mafikizolo had a competition, Malaika, the group proved its worth and worked hard to secure a special place in the hearts of many people.
Popular hit tracks of the likes of: Udakwa njalo, O tswa kae, Emlanjeni, Ndihambanawe, majika, Nisixhoshelani, kwela and many others made the group famous in the early stages of their musical career.
In 2004 when another member, Tebogo Madingoane was shot dead in a road accident, critics were quick to jump in that Madingoane’s death marks the end of Mafikizolo, but that never happened. In fact, Mafikizolo regrouped and continue producing great music going forward. Nonetheless, in 2007 when the remaining members, Nhlanhla and Theo parted ways to focus on their solo projects, rumours resurfaced that Mafikizolo is fading away.
As rumours about Malaika’s Tshedi Mholo and Bongani Ntshang continue to materialise that the two are no longer working together as a unit, Mafikizolo released a hit solo, Khona. Since the song was released to the public, it topped many charts while many people continue to dance to the Khona melodious sounds. The track kept everyone on their toes at the latest Metro FM awards and again at the redious South African Film and Television award (SAFTA) last Saturday, 16 March 2013.