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Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Biography

Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Biography, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music

Mandla Mofokeng, also known as Spikiri (a nail), is a kwaito musician, composer, singer and producer. He was born in Meadowlands, Soweto.

He started his career as a dancer in 1985, under the tutelage of South African musician Sello “Chicco” Twala. He later formed a disco group called MM De Luxe with friend M’du Masilela in 1988. This duo recorded two successful albums in 1989 and 1990 and introduced what came to be known as township kwaito today. His passion for music led Mandla to enroll at Fuba Music School in 1991 to study engineering and piano. In the 1990s he was producing music for the likes of Chimora, Kamazu, Senyaka and Fatty Boom Boom better known as Tsekeleke. Known for his unassuming demeanour, Mandla Mofokeng is a founder member of the seminal kwaito group Trompies, which has released a number of albums, some of which are regarded as classics of the genre. He is also a founder member and co-director of the influential record label Kalawa Jazzmee, which has released many well-known kwaito artists, including Boom Shaka, Bongo Muffin, Alaska, B.O.P (Brothers of Peace), and Thebe. Currently he sits on the board of directors at Kalawa Jazmee Recording company and is also one of the masterminds in the DCC (Dangerous Combination Crew) the production team of the company. His recent contributions include successful records by Brothers of Peace, Thebe, Bongo Maffin, Alaska, Mafikizolo, Jakarumba, MaWillies and Tokollo and Kabelo‘ solo projects. Most recently, he was one of the award winning Mafikizolo and Kabelo’ producers. Mandla ‘Spikiri’s diverse music talents can be witnessed in projects in which he has worked with artists from other music genres, these include Don Laka, Moses Molelekwa, Bra Hugh Masikela, Vicky Vilakazi and iHashi Elimhlophe.

Mandla Spikiri and his label Kalawa Jazzmee have played a big in shaping the South African music industry.

He was once interviewed by Theresa Owen in 2007 & asked how he finds inspiration to compose and produce music for various top musicians in South Africa… His response was:

“It’s in my blood. My father is a musician. He left with Ipi ntombi where he was the percussionist. I was 2 years old at the time. He disappeared and ended up in Australia. I met him for the first time last year. When they called me i dropped the phone. It took me a week to see him because for 38 years he never saw me. I can’t blame him. It was the apartheid years, so I’m not cross. I just told him that we suffered. I sold apples and peanuts in the stadiums. I am a self-made man and that’s why i’m helping lots of people, because I know what it is to suffer. I’m a hard worker and I am talented.”

“When we started Kwaito, it was like Bubblegum. I wanted to come up with something different. I love to be original. We released our first album in 1988. I was mixing it with Chicco’s vibe. That guy is like my father. He took care of me. I learned everything from him. He paid for my piano lessons, everything. In terms of production now, everyone’s got a different vibe, so it is easy.” 

He started listing all the artists he had produced.

“When we started Bongo Maffin, we didn’t want it to sound like Boom Shaka. Look at Mafikizolo, obviously it’s not the same as Kabelo’s Pantsula for Life or Dubula.”

He was then asked if it’s indeed true that he reserves the best beats for Thebe…

“No. I try to give everyone the best beats, from Mzekezeke to Brown Dash. Sometimes you don’t do things for money. You do it for respect. I don’t charge that much. I’m reasonable.”

“I love being with people. That’s why I chill everywhere in the country. People love me. I don’t drive a fancy car. These journalists must leave me alone.”

“I had a bad life, but now i’m cool. My friends are okay. My family is okay.”

Spikiri is one the country’s most prolific producers of all time, and one of the original kwaito artists.

“I’m a very strong man and no one will put me down. This is real life and there are ups and downs. I’m going to work with my head up. This is my life and it belongs to me. I’m here for a reason and i am doing it well.”

Spikiri Solo Albums

Spikiri – King Don Father 2001 (CD)

2005 Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - King Don Father 2001 a

  • Released: 23 Nov 2005
  • Code: CDSPKK002

 1. Pholas ( 05:58 )

2. Eyethu Lendlela ( 06:08 )
3. Dikopi ( 06:41 )
4. Kokota ( 06:04 )
5. Ndofaya ( 05:22 )
6. Thando No Tebogo ( 05:53 )
7. Release ( 05:45 )
8. Vitsho ( 05:00 )
9. King Don Father ( 04:47 )
10. Abo Dilaila ( 05:47 )

 

Spikiri – King Don Father 2002 (CD)

 

  • 2005 Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - King Don Father 2002 (CD) aReleased: 25 Nov 2005
  • Barcode: 6009143188730

 

  1. Vat-En-Sit
  2. Zol After Zol
  3. Msawawa
  4. Kheshe Kheshe
  5. Woz’ Ungthathe
  6. Stubborn
  7. Gun Free
  8. Kak Sstorie
  9. Amathamb’ Enqondo
  10. Amadanso

 

Spikiri – Habashwe

2007 Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - Habashwe - Spiyanko 1

  • Released: 21 Nov 2005

1. You Decide ( 05:54 )

2. Amagum Fire ( 06:53 )
3. Money Talks ( 05:25 )
4. Spiyanko FT Louie Vega & Hugh Masikela ( 06:44 )
5. Ndofaya ( 05:31 )
6. Koyoko ( 06:43 )
7. Fire – Instrumental ( 06:43 )
8. Wozung Thathe ( 06:49 )
9. Sho Dlozi ( 05:52 )
10. Kokota ( 04:44 )
11. Ng’thathe ( 06:46 )
12. Pholas ( 06:28 )
13. Money Talks (Radio Mix) ( 05:06 )

 

Spikiri – Ain’t Nothing But A Gangsta’s Party (Gospel Version)

2006 Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - Gangsta Party (Gospel Version) FT Skwatta Kamp (Album Version) 1

  • Released: 7 Apr 2006

 
1. Current ( 06:07 )
2. Gangsta Party ( 05:43 )
3. Uyabazbantu ( 05:16 )
4. Jola Nama Rota ( 05:13 )
5. Spikiri FT Skwatta Kamp ( 04:05 )
6. Spiyanko FT Louie Vega & Hugh Masikela ( 07:28 )
7. Unique ( 04:56 )
8. Feel The Base Feel The Rhythm ( 05:52 )
9. Tswape ( 04:26 )
10. Money Talks ( 05:27 )
11. Love Of My Life ( 05:27 )
12. Gangsta Party (Radio Version) ( 04:47 )

 

Spikiri – Chalibaba

2007 Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - Chalibaba - King Don Fire 1

  • Released: 10 Oct 2007

Disc 1

1. Prelude – KDF ( 01:08 )
2. Chalibaba ( 13:24 )
3. Uyakhekhelesa – Radio Version ( 05:46 )
4. Uyalahla ( 06:29 )
5. Gcwala Ngo Cleva ( 06:27 )
6. Badakiwe ( 11:22 )
7. It’s Not Fair ( 05:41 )
8. Hare Bona Bana ( 05:45 )
9. Let Me Love You ( 06:31 )
10. Rae Pasha – Skhindi Phansi ( 05:19 )
11. KDF Jam – Instrumental ( 04:54 )

Disc 2

1. Uyakhekheleza – Full Version ( 10:24 )
2. Money Money – Remix ( 05:18 )
3. Don’t Delete ( 06:07 )
4. Jealous Boys ( 05:13 )
5. Get Together ( 04:43 )
6. Bhumba Iwile – Instrumental ( 06:09 )
7. Mphe ( 06:22 )
8. Spikiri – Remix ( 04:16 )
9. Mzukwane – Instrumental ( 05:56 )
10. Bobo – Instrumental ( 06:34 )
11. Don’t Delete – Dub Mix ( 06:21 )

 

Spikiri – The King Don Faya – SA Gold Collection (CD)

2008 Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - The King Don Faya (CD) 1a

  • Released: 25 Nov 2008
  • Barcode: 6009143351134
 
 

Spikiri – Trouble

 

2008 Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - Trouble (feat. Gunman, Mapaputsi, Speedy, Skhokho & Makasket) - 1 Single

  • Released: 3 Dec 2008

1. Trouble ft Gunman, Mapaputsi, Speedy, Skhokho, Makasket ( 05:38 )
2. Happy Song ft Pupa, Mapaputsi, Speedy, Junior Dread, Kabelo Bouga Luv, Jakarumba, Thebe, Makasket, Pepsi, Brown Dash, Nkiyase, Asanda, Professor ( 07:08 )
3. King Don (Bhekindaba Zakho) ft Masheleni, Gciwane, Skhokho, Stoan, Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng ( 06:04 )
4. Rae Pasha – Skhindi Phansi ( 05:21 )
5. KDF Jam – Instrumental ( 04:54 )
6. Uyalahla ( 06:31 )
7. Spikiri – Remix ( 04:18 )
8. Let Me Love You ( 06:33 )
9. Uyakhekheleza – Full Version ( 05:48 )
10. Mzukwane – Instrumental ( 05:58 )

Spikiri – Taking A Walk On The Wild Side

Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - Taking A Walk On The Wild Side 1

  • Released: 27 Oct 2009

1. Le’ Sgubhu ( 05:54 )

2. Malambane ( 05:20 )
3. Pay Slip ( 05:34 )
4. Maw’dakiwe Udakiwe ( 05:00 )
5. Trust Me ( 04:59 )
6. Trouble ( 05:40 )
7. Gangsta ( 05:33 )
8. Kalawa Jazmee Jam ( 05:17 )
9. Osimtholayo ( 06:01 )
10. Happy Song ( 07:08 )

 

Spikiri – The King Don Father 2.5

 

2011 Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri Album, The King Don Father of Kwaito Music - The King Don Father 2.5 a

  • Released: 3 Aug 2011

Disc 1

1. Ngeke Balunge ( 06:52 )
2. Malanzana ( 06:34 )
3. Pikinini ( 04:10 )
4. Don’t Touch My Phone ( 06:29 )
5. Umoya ( 05:01 )
6. Africa ( 06:30 )
7. Abo Nice ( 05:00 )
8. Woh Bus ( 05:24 )
9. Mini Sket ( 06:31 )
10. Siyarokha ( 05:14 )
11. Bundu Tshikondoni ( 05:04 )
12. Skeem Sam ( 05:09 )
13. Fire ( 04:34 )
14. Something To Remember ( 04:52 )

Disc 2

1. Stop It I Like It ( 07:10 )
2. Mantjontjelana ( 06:13 )
3. Gansta Love ( 04:52 )
4. King Don Father ( 05:47 )
5. Kamjakajaka ( 05:19 )
6. Baqwa ( 05:09 )
7. Follow Me ( 04:38 )
8. Africa – Remix ( 06:30 )
9. Kutsa ( 06:22 )
10. Come ‘n Go ( 05:44 )
11. Better Days ( 06:16 )
12. Sparara ( 05:22 )
13. Lebekere ( 04:56 )
14. Uyabona Manje ( 05:00 )

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