Legendary South African Kwaito group, Bongo Maffin is set to release their new hit single titled ‘Harare’ this coming Friday 02 November 2018. They are some of our favourite groups of all time here at TransAfrica Radio and that is why we are already playing the song for you on air, so do the right thing and stay tuned to TransAfricaRadio.net and invite a friend to tune in as well.
Bongo Maffin is a South African Kwaito music group who formed in Cape Town in 1996. They released their first studio album, The Concerto, in 1998, followed by Bongolution (2001) and New Construction (2005). Lead singer Thandiswa Mazwai published her debut solo album, Zabalaza, in 2006.
Thandiswa Mazwai (born 31 March 1976) is a South African musician, and is also the lead vocalist and songwriter of Bongo Maffin. Thandiswa Mazai was born in Eastern Cape in 1976 – the year of the Soweto Uprising – and grew up almost entirely in Soweto, Johannesburg, amidst the heavy apartheid township violence of the 1980s. Both her parents, Belede and Thami Mazwai, were journalists and anti-apartheid political activists, and she recollects that her home was filled with books, articles and thick with political discussions. It was this environment that nurtured her perspective as an artist. She went on to attend Wits University, where she studied English literature and International Relations. Her work has always been inspired by her mother (who died when Thandiswa was 15 years old) and the writings of people such as Steve Biko and Frantz Fanon, Chinua Achebe and Kwame Nkrumah.
Stoan Seate was born in Verede in the North West, South Africa. He came to study Advertising in Johannesburg but was soon bitten by the music bug and it wasn’t long before this talent was discovered.
Instead of launching a solo career Stoan and Oscar Mblongwa decided to form a group, because at the time Boom Shaka was the only other Kwaito group in the industry.
Together with Jahseed and Speedy, they formed Bongo Maffin in 1996 and released their first album. Thandiswa Mazwai joined the all boy band soon after.The singer has recently released his second solo album “Heart of Stoan”, He’s previous album Tsela Dimatlapa (Rocky Roads) was not very successful.
The artist has launched his own independent record label: Stoan AIG & Other than music,he has also starred in a TV series-Soul Budddies and also presents a show on Motsweding FM.
Stoan is the father of three girls, Malaika, Ayana and Zahara respectively.
Jah Seed was born Anesu Mupemi in Mbare, Zimbambwe in 1973. He has been in the music industry for a very long time. In 1996, he co-founded African Storm System with Andy Kasrils. He is also the co-founder of acclaimed South African outfit Bongo Muffin in that same year. The group released hits such as Thath’ isgubhu and Kura Uone, MTN South African Music Awards – Best Reggae Album 2011.
Speedy born Harold Rangakane Mathlaku was born in Mapetla, Soweto and he is also a founding member of the Bongo Maffin group. In 2001 Speedy released a solo single and thus began his solo music career, he released two albums namely: Sgunhu Sa Mampela in 2001 and Le Ngoma in 2006. Speedy is also an actor as many may know him from SABC1 drama series Gaz’lam for playing the role of Deep in season 1, season 2 and season 3 of Gaz’lam. Speedy also had guest appearances on E.TV sitcom SOS in 2001, he played himself on E.TV youth soapie Backstage in 2006 and also featured in the movie Hijack Stories in 2002.
Stoan Seate has been on TransAfrica Radio in 2017, on the Man Talk with Leroy Marc. Please See below for the interview: