Mafikizolo's hit song rocks

2003-01-05 12:00

Johannesburg - Kwaito group Mafikizolo have certainly arrived and have erupted into fireworks of creativity during this festive season with their latest album Sibongile.

The hit song Ndihamba nawe has had all and sundry rocking and cracking during Christmas and the new year and, if reactions so far are anything to go by, it will be played for many more months to come.

The album - which has sold more than 170 000 copies and reached triple platinum in three weeks - is a guarantee that this youthful kwaito outfit has branded the Mafikizolo trademark on the music playground.

Mafikizolo, which means "New Arrivals", has not only arrived after seven years of bitter struggle to make it big in the music industry, they are now a hallmark and the most established group of 2002.

The song Ndihamba nawe is a Xhosa expression used by a young girl who is in love with a young boy.

In the song she announces that she is going home with him.

The group is made up by Theo Kgosinkwe, Nonhlanhla Mafu and Tebogo Madingoane.

"Ndihamba nawe is a song for everyone who loves music. We have fused music from the 1960s with kwaito music. The intention is to bring South Africans to dance together, irrespective of age," says Kgosinkwe, the group's songwriter.

The group's rapper, Madingoane, adds that the song is a proudly South African, traditional wedding song.

Mafu, the lead singer, says the Ndihamba nawe dance routine of carelessly waving hands in the air was pivotal in popularising the song.

The group members agree that respect for one another is the reason they have excelled this festive season.

However, the journey to stardom has not always been easy for the acclaimed new kidz on the block.

The group is being accused of using the legendary Sophie Mgcina's work without her permission.

Mgcina claims the group has not given her proper credit for the melody.

"We never stole anything from Mama Mgcina because the lyrics of the song were written by me.

"The only element that was used from her song is the sample of the trumpet.

"The song is under copyright control, which is evidence enough that credit is given to the respective parties," adds Kgosinkwe.

"Kalawa Sony Music is currently investigating who is responsible for the trumpet melody that we have used in our song Ndihamba nawe.

"Should evidence surface that we have wrongfully stolen Mama Mgcina's lyrics, credit will be duly given to her ."