Trompies stood the test of time and is up­hold­ing the ti­tle of the kwaito group of all-time

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Bonolo Sekudu

A con­tin­ued bro­mance and last­ing legacy


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.


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.


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.


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

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