Trompies stood the test of time and is upholding the title of the kwaito group of all-time
A continued bromance and lasting legacy
WE WILL NEVER CHANGE OUR SOUND
TROMPIES, one the most iconic kwaito groups in Mzansi, has classics dating back to 20 years ago that are still making people dance. Speaking to Move! about their musical journey and lessons, it is obvious the group is determined to keep making people dance right through until their retirement.
A PERFECT COMBINATION
You cannot talk about kwaito pioneers and not include Jairus ‘Jakarumba’ Nkwe, Zynne ‘Mahoota’ Sibika, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng, Eugene Mthethwa and Mojalefa ‘Mjokes’ Matsane, who all make up Trompies. Their existence and dominance is incomparable. It is quite surprising to find out that the group actually met by sheer coincidence.
“Jairus and I are childhood best friends, me and him were already working with Chicco Twala. Zayne joined us at the studio, where I worked as an engineer, and Eugene joined us while he was working with Lucky Dube,” says Spikiri. But their formation became a perfect combination that has lasted for decades.
TOGETHER THROUGH THICK AND THIN
Each member has gone their separate way and persued different careers; others in and out of the industry like Eugene, who has soared in the legal and business fields. Over the years, it was rumoured that the group was going through some rough times that threatened its stability, but it seems the group is still going strong. Denouncing any threat to their bromance, Spikiri says, “Our brotherhood goes beyond music.” Trompies gets booked frequently and classics such as Magasman and Madibuseng, both featuring the late Lebo Mathosa, are still people's favourite hit songs. “We knew Trompies would be big because, as a group, we believed the music we were bringing to the people was good,” says Spiriki. The group is getting ready to shake things up at the upcoming Absolut One Source Live event that is all about a celebration of culture and a burst of creative work. Spikiri says the ‘Trompies culture’ has always been original and comes from the townships of Mzansi.
“We will never change our sound because it is our identity,” Spikiri says. Trompies has released 12 albums, countless singles and have sold over a million records. They promise to drop their 13th album next year.
LESSONS AND THE FUTURE
Grateful for all that he and what the group has accomplished, Spikiri says, “I am most grateful for our achievements of running a successful 100 percent black owned record company, building the Trompies brand and still being able to do what we love, which is music.” Sharing practices that have made him and Trompies successful, he says, “Be humble, respect your brand and treat it as a business and always invest your money either in property or in any other business. Never sign a contract without seeking legal advice as you might end up signing your intellectual property away,” he says. When they perform at this year’s second annual Absolut One Source Live concert on 17 November, fans can expect nothing short of a kwaito legendary performance.
Eugene Mthethwa, Mojalefa ‘Mjokes’ Matsane, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng, Zynne ‘Mahoota’ Sibika and Jairus ‘Jakarumba’ Nkwe are part of South Africa's most loved kwaito group, Trompies