|Labels||Universal Music Group |
Kalawa Jazmee Records
Mafikizolo is a South African Afro-pop music duo formed in 1996, consisting of composer Theo Kgosinkwe and lead singer Nhlanhla Nciza. The duo rose to fame after they released their singles "Ndihamba Nawe kuphela", "Kwela Kwela", "Sibongile", "Udakwa Njalo" . The group released their self-titled album Mafikizolo in 1997 and Music Revolution in 1999.
In 2000, the band released their third album Gate Crashers, which became the best-selling album.
1997-2002: Mafikizolo, Music Revolution and Sibongile
They came into the scene in 1997 as a kwaito group with their late member Tebogo Madingoane, who died on 14 February 2004, when they released their self-titled album Mafikizolo. They released their 1999 album titled Music Revolution followed by Gate Crushers in 2000 which included their hits, "Lotto" 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".
2003-2010: Kwela, Van Toeka Af and Six Mabone
In 2003, they released Kwela which featured Hugh Masekela assisted "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 "Love Potion". 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".
2011-2018: Reunited and 20
They resumed work as a group in 2013 when they released their internationally acclaimed single "Khona" featuring Uhuru. In 2014, "Khona" single was performed live at MTV Africa Music Awards during the ceremony.
Their first album after their hiatus followed in 2013 and was titled Reunited which saw them winning awards at 20th South Africa Music Awards in one night amongst other awards. To promote Reunited they embarked on UK Tour, performed in three cities London, Manchester and Coventry. Mafikizolo was nominated for Best African Act at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2013. The success of Reunited was so great that they released a follow-up album four years later in 2017 titled 20 to celebrate their 20th anniversary in the music industry. The album features "Love Potion" and the Yemi Alade-assisted "Ofana Nawe".
2019-present: Upcoming album
After three years they announced their upcoming album which is set to be released later on in 2021.
- Theo Kgosinkwe - lead vocals (1996-present)
- Nhlanhla Nciza - (1996-present)
- Tebogo Benedict Madingoane - (1996-2004)
- Mafikizolo (1997)
- Music Revolution (1999)
- Gate Crashers (2000)
- Sibongile (2002)
- Kwela (2003)
- Van Toeka Af (2005)
- Six Mabone (2006)
- (Mafikizolo album)|Reunited (2013)
- 20 (2017)
Awards and nominations
|2003||9th SAMA||Group of the Year||Won|
|2004||10th SAMA||Duo of the year||Won|||
|2005||11th SAMA||Best Duo/Group||Nominated|||
|Best African Pop Album||Nominated|
|Artist Of The Year||Nominated|
|Song Of The Year||Nominated|
|2007||13th SAMA||Best Duo/Group||Won|||
|Best DVD Compilation||Won|
|2014||MTV Africa Music Awards||Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Won|
|20th SAMA||Album of the year||Won|||
|Best Pop Album||Won|||
|Record of the Year||Won|
|Duo/Group of the Year||Won|
|Best Selling Full Track Download||Won|
|Best Ring Back Tone||Won|
|Best Selling Mobile Music Download||Won|
|2016||MTV Africa Music Awards||Best Live Act||Nominated|
|2018||24th SAMA||Duo or Group of the Year||Won|||
|Best Afro-pop album||Won|||
|Best Engineered Album||Won|
|Record of the year||Nominated|
|2019||African Entertainment Awards Awards||Hottest Group||Nominated|||
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