MEET ARTHUR MAFOKATE

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When he first came to public attention in the late 1980’s, Arthur Mafokate (born in Pimville, Soweto) was not a singer, but a dancer who’d won the Dance Categories at a number of different competitions including the Shell Road to Fame Talent Search and the Town Talk Pantsula Dance Competition in South Africa. As an accomplished dancer, he became a backing dancer for top artists such as Brenda Fassie, Son of Monwa & Son Fame and Johnny Makholi. Through dancing he was able to be closer to his dream of being a musician as it allowed him to get a feel of the atmosphere on stage and to work with established musicians. As a musician, singer, producer, songwriter and television personality, (also Vuvuzela) he later became known as ‘King of Kwaito’ – pioneer of Kwaito music in South Africa. Arthur Mafokate released the album ‘Kaffir’, in 1995, which showed

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Arthur as an artist unafraid to court controversy or state his strong opinions. The lyrics of the title song ‘Kaffir’ reflect the new freedoms that emerged after the political changes of 1994, including the implementation of a new constitution and democratic election system. The King of Kwaito released the albums ‘Die Poppe Sal Dans’ (1996) and ‘Oyi Oyi’ (1997), and Yiyo (1998) containing a featuring track from Farewell, all albums containing hits. As founder of the record label ‘999 Music’, Mafokate has created a platform for numerous Kwaito artists producing albums for Supasta, Bambezela, Ishamel, Mshosa, Doom Sugar, Tall & Slender, Papa Jeff, Pinky Pinky, Aba Shante, New School and many others.

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