Arthur Mafokate started out as a back-up dance for the likes of Brenda Fassie before moving on to create what is considered the first Kwaito hit with ‘Kaffir.’ The title of the song is the derogatory term used as a racial slur in apartheid South Africa to refer to black people, and at the time, the song was considered a testament to the new freedoms people of color enjoyed, seeing as how things could have turned very violent and torture-y very fast for Mafokate and his family had he released the song pre-1994.
He has since had a successful career as a solo artist and built a sustainable, independent music label that has been at the center of the South African music industry. Over the past couple of years, Mafokate has elected to stay behind the scenes, concentrating on family and producing other artist. ‘Nguye Lo,’ which loosely translated means ‘he/she is the one,’ is his first release in a long while, and it has been worth the wait for fans of the Kwaito veteran.
On the track, Mafokate collaborates with controversial South African songstress Kelly Khumalo. The song was released in late 2015 and was well received, dominating playlists of local radio stations. It is a great track from a veteran artist teaming up with young blood. And no doubt Khumalo’s controversy, who once claimed she would be bleaching her skin “until Jesus comes,” helped in keeping the song popular over the past festive season.
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