Kwaito music

topic posted Sun, August 6, 2006 - 7:42 PM by  Siren
The only kwaito style music that I own is Mafikizolo. I love the kwaito sound and would like to enhance my library. Are there otherr groups that folks can recomend.

Thank you in advance.
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  • Re: Kwaito music

    Mon, August 14, 2006 - 8:04 AM
    Mafikizolo is not really Kwaito my dear :)

    Malaika - sounds like Mafikizolo
    Athur - calls himself the king of Kwaito
    Mdu - he is a real kwaito artist
    Skwata Kamp - hiphop/kwaito
    H2O - hiphop/kwaito
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      Re: Kwaito music

      Wed, August 16, 2006 - 12:43 PM
      Please share what the characteristics of Kwaito music are... its all new to me!!! :)
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        Re: Kwaito music

        Wed, August 16, 2006 - 4:15 PM
        I'm looking it up on Napster and I-tunes and have been able to preview a little... and am LOVING IT! Is it techno, or are we in the jungle?

        I there are albums that come reccomended would be great info.

        RED J
      • Re: Kwaito music

        Sun, August 20, 2006 - 10:30 AM
        Wow Red. hmmmm...
        I am not really sure how to describe the difference to you except for the way it sounds...
        Both do the music in local South African languages but the sound is distinctly different. Malaika & Mafikizolo have mello sounds, whereas guys like Arthur & Mdu (kwaito artists) sounds more like rap/hiphop but in a local cultural language.
    • Re: Kwaito music

      Fri, August 18, 2006 - 12:24 PM
      I discovered Mafikizolo while traveling trough Africa as I got closer to southern Africa. I thought it was my South African friends that called it kwaito. What is that type of sound called? I looked up Malaika and remember hearing them as well.
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        Sun, August 20, 2006 - 10:35 AM
        Mafikizolo is quite well known in most parts of Africa. I would say almost as far as West Africa. But, only in West Africa there is bigger exports like...Angelique Kideo and Yousou N'Dour. I just came back from the Democratic Republic of Congo recently and when we went to look for a local club to take in some of the local music...ummm every 4th song or so was a local SA band like Malaika & Mafikizolo & Mdu!

        Im not sure what I can call Malaika and Mafikizolo really, never thought of it hehe. But its very mellow and much softer than Kwaito. Your SA friends, are they white? :))) Any black music to white folk in SA is Kwaito hehe...
        • Re: Kwaito music

          Mon, August 21, 2006 - 6:36 PM

          discovered- hell- i was overwhelmed with it. I used to play a game- can we go through a day without hearing Mafikizolo. rarely. It was played EVERYWHERE. cabs, stores, combi's, takeaways, bars, esspecially the shabeen's and bars! wow... EVERYWHERE.

          I got SOOOOOO Sick of it. but then... just before leaving i bought the CD cuz i KNEW i would hear it in the states and love it cuz of fond memmories of it blarring in my ears on transport.

          But Kwaito - i definately think its not. Kwaito has a different sound all together really. Kwaito is beat driven and harder i think.

          Quassa Quassa- i think thats what Mafikizolo would be considered where I was at. and its got actually a specific dance move. and its something i look like a chicken on fire doing. i look rediculous but its amazing to watch chicks who can really Quassa Quassa (sp?). or am I wrong?

          1 luv, trish
          • Re: Kwaito music

            Tue, August 22, 2006 - 3:40 PM
            Ha :)

            Its awesome to read how much you guys/gals enjoy the local SA sound. Everytime I take some to Europe with me, I go back to SA without it and I have to buy it again. Now I have some of it on my laptop.

            Mafikizolo is not quassa quassa either. quassa quassa is not South African. Its Zimbabwean or Congolese. I just came back from the DRC and the locals there took us to a few quassa quassa clubs. I spoke to someone about this topic the other night and she agreed with me - Mafikizolo, Malaika, Freshley Ground is R&B in a local SA language and def not Kwaito. Kwaito, like Trish says is def more beat driven and is more hiphop/rap but also in a local SA tongue

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              Re: Kwaito music

              Wed, August 23, 2006 - 11:04 AM
              Here is what I found:

              Listen to tracks by Mafikizolo & Malaika
              (but I wouldn’t buy the CD from these guys for a couple of reasons I’ll explain later)

              I thought Malaika sounded a little to “pop”… more dependent on a beat machine and lyrics (which I don’t understand) and less driven by the rhythm, which is my impression of Mafikizolo’s music. Their lyrics and instruments of Mafikizolo are to be danced to~ and A LOT!!! Note, this is just my first impression and I would be open to hearing other opinions. Maybe I didn’t listen to the right album.

              So I’m big on buying the most recent release from a musician so I was looking around for the newest album by Mafikizolo. I think “van Toeka af” is their latest full album release. “Kwela” had good reviews, too, but I think it came out just before “van Toeka af”. At this point I knew I wanted to buy an album, but I didn’t know which… so ~ I went with the absolutely most recent release, which is a greatest hits compellation. That seemed like the best idea because I’ll get all their best songs off their top albums over time, so I’m hoping the album will RAWK!

              I ended up not buying them from Sterns (the link above) because #1, they were more expensive. And #2, is a South African based distributor of South African music. I wanted to send the money straight to where the music came from, no middleman. Support the people where the people are!!!!!! You can listen to tracks here, too, but not as many of them.


              I’ll report back when the CD arrives. It cost about $30 with shipping. I’m sure it will be well worth it.
          • Re: Kwaito music

            Mon, October 16, 2006 - 9:17 AM
            Trish is right, Mafikizolo IS NOT kwaito. the kids in my village would RAIL on me if I messed that one up.

            Look at Zola, BOP, Mandoza (he's huge in that scene, and was all you'd hear in clubs about 4 years ago)...

            also Oskido. Arthur Mafokate is one of the originators (as stated above, I think).

            Here's a short list:

            Boom Shaka (they have a really great video), Zola, Mandoza, Mzekezeke, Brown Dash, Mahoota, Spikir, Mzambiya, Chippa, Msawawa, Mshoza, Thembi Seite, Thandiswa Mazwayi, Brikz, Unathi and the late African pop and kwaito star Brenda Fassie (only some of her songs are considered "Kwaito" -- but you can definately hear the influence).

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