Twenty years after their first breakthrough success, the Mafikizolo duo are more unstoppable than ever!
In between a very busy local and international touring schedule, the musical pair have found time to spend the better half of 2017 working on their craft in studio to bring fans a brand-new album, after two decades of massive commercial success.
To celebrate their anniversary in the music industry and the release of their album, Mafikizolo 20, the group will return to Silverstar Casino’s Globe, the groups own backyard, to perform both evergreens and new material in this never-to-be-repeated special performance.
The award-winning group will also be launching the aptly titled Mafikizolo 20, through Universal Music. They will be backed by their accomplished live band and a choral of dancers. Fans can expect to hear those much-loved songs that helped shape the bands stellar career over twenty years.
Universal Music Managing Director, Sipho Dlamini welcomes the group and their anniversary event with much enthusiasm: “Universal Music Group is happy to welcome Mafikizolo to the family home of local and international superstars! As the largest entertainment company in the world, Universal has many artists on the roster but none like Mafikizolo. Their attention to detail and passion for what they do has put them in a space where they only compete with themselves. 2nd of December at Silverstar Casino will be the first show in Gauteng to celebrate Mafikizolo’s 20 years in the business. Universal Live Africa and Universal Music Group, will produce 19 Other shows throughout 2018 to celebrate their 20-year milestone.”
Book your tickets now to see one of South Africa’s living pop legends.
Date: 2nd December 2017 – 7pm
Venue: The Globe at Silverstar Casino
Tickets available from Computicket from R280 here.
Mafikizolo was founded in the mid-nineties by Theo Kgosinkwe, Nhlanhla Nciza and Tebogo Madingoane. Originally a trio, the group were quickly recognised for their unique style (visually and musically) and signed a lucrative record deal in 1996 with indie label, Kalawa Jazmee.
Their debut self-titled album was released in 1996. A second opus, Music Revolution, followed in 1999. In 2000 they finished their third studio album, Gate Crashers, which received local and international recognition. All the while, the group became a household name and one of the most active touring entertainers in South Africa, performing up to 5 shows in one night!
In 2000, the single “Loot” was remixed by international DJ and Producer Louie Vega opening up doors for Western and European interest. The remix was so successful, that Mafikizolo took their 1st trip to perform overseas at the Miami Winter Music Conference. The band have since returned to perform across our borders and have a huge following in the SADC regions across Africa.
Following a car accident in 2002, Mafikizolo dedicated their next album to God by naming it Sibongile. Fueled by the crossover smash single ‘Ndihambanawe’, the album was a massive success and sold over 350 000 copies. Mafikizolo won multiple awards and continued to get invitations to perform all over the African continent and around the world. In 2003 the group released ‘Kwela’ which featured jazz legend Hugh Masekela and sold over 370 00 copies. Less than one year after this successful record, Mafikizolo lost one of their founding members Tebogo Madingoane, a massive loss to the group and the music industry as a whole.
Theo and Nhlanhla decided to continue to build the legacy and continue as a duo. Mafikizolo headed back to studio to record their next album Van Toeka Af. In 2008 they released the Six Mabone. After 12 years as a team, 2009 saw the duo taking a break and working on solo projects. After a 5-year hiatus the group came together in 2013 to collaborate on a new album simply titled Reunited.
The 1st single Khona from Reunited won the hearts of Africans across the continent and rapidly became a crossover hit.
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