5 min­utes with kwaito leg­end Spikiri

Tromp­ies are set to head­line the One Source LIVE fes­ti­val. We got to speak to singer Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mo­fo­keng, writes Aneesa Adams

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How do you feel about head­lin­ing the One Source con­cert?

I feel beau­ti­ful, I feel cool, man.

How do you feel be­ing back on stage with the guys again?

We have been per­form­ing a lot in Le­sotho lately. It’s al­ways been a good feel­ing per­form­ing with the guys.

Can you still break it down (danc­ing)?

Yeah, but with some re­laxed moves, not the ones we used to do when we were young. We’re in our 50s now. Is kwaito dead?

Kwaito will never die; kwaito is our cul­ture. Kwaito is the rea­son why mu­sic in this coun­try is so big.

All these young boys, they can do their own thing be­cause we set an ex­am­ple for them.

What is your favourite lo­cal song?

Sweety Lavo by Tromp­ies.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

I take my kids to school, then come back to watch the news and go to the stu­dio.

What is the most im­por­tant les­son life has taught you?

To be strong, you know, think pos­i­tive and don’t give up. You know life has got its own ups and downs but if you keep push­ing, fi­nally you will get what you want.

If you could switch bod­ies with any­one in the world, who would it be and why?

Snoop Dogg, be­cause I love the way he is so orig­i­nal, even his mu­sic, and the fact that he is from the ghetto – I’m from the ghetto too.

We got some­thing in com­mon, we started at al­most the same time and he al­ways keeps it real. I’m like that too.

What does the world need more of?

More peo­ple who re­spect and love one an­other and peo­ple who care for each other. There are a lot of bad things hap­pen­ing – guys are rap­ing girls and abus­ing women and all that stuff and I don’t think that’s what we need in this world. We need more peo­ple who praise the Lord, do­ing the right things.

Where is the best place to col­lect your thoughts?

Church.

What do you look for­ward to do­ing ev­ery day?

I al­ways look for­ward to cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful mu­sic and build­ing new artists, tak­ing some­one from zero to hero. I love chang­ing peo­ple’s lives.

One Source LIVE fes­ti­val takes place on Novem­ber 17 at The Sheds @ 1 Fox Street, Joburg

Mandla Mo­fo­keng

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