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OriginSouth Africa
Years active1997-present
LabelsUniversal Music Group
Kalawa Jazmee Records
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website
  • Theo Kgosinkwe
  • Nhlanhla Nciza
Past members
  • Tebogo Benedict Madingoane

Mafikizolo is a South African singing duo formed in the 1990s, consisting of Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza .[1]

They are multiple times winners of the South African Music Award, including the awards for Best Duo or Group of the Year. [2] And they have been nominated international awards BET Award, an All African Music Award and a Black Canadian Award.[3]


1997-2002: Mafikizolo, Music Revolution and Sibongile[edit]

They came into the scene in 1997 as a kwaito group with their late member Tebogo Madingoane, who died on the 14th of February in 2004, when they released their self titled album. They released their 1999 album titled Music Revolution before releasing the direction-giving Gate Crushers in 2000 which included their hits Looto and Majika.

After a near fatal crash that left Nhlanhla Nciza hospitalised for a while they released their critically acclaimed album Sibongile (2002) featuring the hit single Ndihamba Nawe which is still relevant many years later.

2003-2010: Kwela, Van Toeka Af and Six Mabone[edit]

In 2003 they released Kwela which featured Hugh Masekela assistanted Kwela Kwela, Udakwa Njalo and Emlanjeni amongst others.

In 2005 they released Van Toeka AF which featured Nisixoshelani and Mas'Thokoze amongst others. In 2006 they released Six Mabone which featured O Tswa Kae? And Undenzantoni?. Six Mabone was released before their hiatus.

During their hiatus in 2009 they released a compilation album The Best of which included one new song, Walila.

2011-present: Reunited and 20[edit]

They resumed work as a group in 2013 when they released their internationally acclaimed single Khona featuring Uhuru. Their first album after their hiatus followed in 2013 and was titled Reunited which saw them winning 12 SAMAs in one night amongst other awards and nominations. The success of Reunited was so huge that they only released a follow up album 4 years later in 2017 titled 20 to celebrate their 20th anniversary in the music industry. 20 features Love Potion and the Yemi Alade assisted Ofana Nawe.


studio albums[edit]

  • Mafikizolo (1997)
  • Music Revolution (1999)
  • Gate Crashers (2000)
  • Sibongile (2002)
  • Kwela (2003)
  • Van Toeka Af (2005)
  • Six Mabone (2006)
  • Reunited (2013)
  • 20 (2017)

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Catergory Results Ref.
2003 9th SAMA Group of the Year Won
2004 10th SAMA Duo of the year Won
2005 11th SAMA Nominated
2007 13th SAMA Won
2014 MTV Africa Music Awards Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Group Won
Best Collaboration Nominated
Song of the Year Won
20th SAMA Album of the year Won [4]


2016 MTV Africa Music Awards Best Live Act Nominated
2018 24th SAMA Duo or Group of the Year Won
Best Engineered Album Won
Record of the year Nominated


  1. ^ "Mafikizolo's Biography". Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  2. ^ "Mafikizolo-Incwajana". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  3. ^ "5 things to know about Mafikizolo". 7 Jun 2016.
  4. ^ "Here are all the 2014 Sama winners". Channel24. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  5. ^ "A full list of all the 2014 SAMA nominees". Channel24. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2016.

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