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South Africa’s Mafikizolo Speaks About Creating Unforgettable African Anthems

Mafikizolo is the iconic South African duo comprising Nhlanhla Ncize and Theo Kgosinkwe. After bursting onto the scene back in the late 90s under the tutelage of veteran artist and record producer Oskido, the Afro-pop duo has given South Africans (and Africans) unforgettable anthems over the past two decades. It’s indisputable that their wildly successful 2003 hit “Emlanjeni” set the standard for African love songs while their 2007 hit “Ndihamba Nawe” has become a staple at almost every wedding celebration across the continent.

With nine studio albums under their belt, and another album set to be released this year, the duo continues to produce hit records with an ever-evolving sound. For them, it’s about creating a lasting musical legacy that will remain relevant and endearing long after they’ve left the music scene. Their collaborations with equally incredible artists including TresorDJ Maphorisa and Davido (to name but a few), are a testament to that legacy.

However, the duo admits that it wasn’t an easy journey. It took three albums for them to start becoming a household name in South Africa and even that was almost cut short after they were involved in a horrific road accident in the early 2000s.

Following a string of awards, like the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs), to name a few, Mafikizolo has their sights set on even bigger musical feats for the coming decade. With them at Universal Studios, they talked about their careers, first as individual artists and then as a duo, their musical journey thus far and what they still have in store for their fans.

What the next 10 to 20 years will look like:

We love music and it’s difficult to leave music. Even if we retire from our music, I will probably do something around music, I just don’t know what. The reality is that there will come a time where we will say, “We’ve done everything now, let’s produce other artists. Let’s open doors for other artists as well. It’s always nice to retire on that high note and do our final shows like Mafikizolo doing an African tour. There are other things that are involved as you grow up. You’ve got kids, you’ve got a family, you’ve got other things that you now need to take care of, and you’ll continue to celebrate music and your legacy in a good way” Theo said.

Nhlanhla also added that- “The most important thing for us has always been helping and developing young people in our country, so we will be continuing to play that role and helping in the way that we can. It’s about just making sure that we give them the chance or the platform that we were given and support them and their dreams just as much as ours were supported”.

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