Sylvester Munanjala Jr, Lusaka, Zambia
South African kwaito group Mafikizolo ended a 3 day tour in Zambia on Sunday August 25th 2013 to sell out crowds. The band was last in Zambia six years earlier.
The band gave sell out performances at The Intercontinental hotel, Barclays Sports Complex Lusaka and their last performance was at the Mindolo Dam in Kitwe. They played some of their new hits including Khona and old favourites including Ham.
Known mainly for their catchy phrases, slick dance moves and sing-along lyrics, the duo arrived in Zambia three days before their tour and did a tour of TV and radio stations to promote their tour. They were supported on stage by some local artists including K’Millian, Judy and Gesh Groove.
A young fan who attended one of the shows told Iroko Africa that Zambian musicians could learn a trick or two from the South African duo if they wanted their music to be noticed in other countries.
“Their concert was a blast man” another fan said. “Just can’t believe that these guys are actually here, feels like a dream come true. I wish all Zambian artists could perform just the way these guys performed. Felt like watching heaven on earth” he added smiling.
Mafikizolo released their first self titled album “mafikizolo” in 1997. The band was made up of three members, Theo Kgosinkwe, Nhlanhla Nciza, and Tebogo Madingoane. The band cheated death in a road accident in December 2001 but one of the members Tebogo Madingoane died tragically in a road rage shooting in 2004.
The band struggled after that and broke up in 2008. They reunited two years later and last year released a new album Reunited.