Spikiri: ‘My daughters mean everything to me’

2015-06-23 14:59
Godfather of kwaito and Trompies member Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng with his three daughters: Tebogo (19), Mbali (13) and Mpho (9). PHOTO: Leon Sadiki

Godfather of kwaito and Trompies member Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng with his three daughters: Tebogo (19), Mbali (13) and Mpho (9). PHOTO: Leon Sadiki

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Kwaito pioneer and Trompies member Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng has never shown off his children. He says they were young and he wanted to protect them from the public.

Now they are all grown up and that’s the reason why he posed with them for a Father’s Day photoshoot.

Mofokeng’s four children – Thando (21), Tebogo (19), Mbali (13) and Mpho (9) – are the spitting image of their father.

Unfortunately Thando couldn’t join her three half sisters for the photo shoot, because she lives with her mother in Limpopo.

The kwaito singer and producer said life without his daughters was incomplete.

“My daughters mean everything to me. I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” he grinned.

He said when one of his daughters wanted to get married, he would interview the man who wanted her hand in marriage.

“That man would have to meet me first before he even thinks of proposing. I would know if he was the right guy for my daughter,” he giggled.

He said fatherhood had taught him to be responsible.

“When you become a father, your life is not about you any more. You have someone depending on you and therefore you have to live by example,” he said. When he became a father 21 years ago, he stopped going out like he used to.

“I knew that my life had to change because I was a father to someone,” he said.

When Mofokeng wasn’t in studio making hits for other musicians, he spent time with his girls.

“We go out for dinner or maybe for a vacation to Durban or Cape Town,” he said.

When asked if he saw himself in any of his daughters, he said Mpho reminded him of when he was young.

“She loves to dance and sing like me ... I really think she’s the next Spikiri,” he said.

Like any other parent, Mofokeng instilled morals and values in his children.

“I want them to respect everyone they meet in their daily lives. Most importantly I want them to be dreamers and have a bright future,” he said.

His children had great things to say about their father.

“Our dad is the best friend and our role model. We appreciate everything he has done for us,” said Tebogo.

“We love him unconditionally and we always pray for him every day that God keeps him until he sees our success,” Mpho said.

Tebogo said that no matter how busy their dad was, he always made time for them individually.

“When he is around he makes jokes. He is one of a kind,” Mbali said.

Mbali added that their dad always told them that “the sky was the limit” and they must do better than him.

“Our father never had a relationship with his father when he was young and that’s why he is always striving to be the best dad in the world,” Tebogo said. 

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