Mapaputsi on music industry struggles, nearly losing his life and keeping Kwaito alive

Mapaputsi learned that music alone cannot pay the bills and needs other sources of income.

He joins the list of veteran Kwaito artists performing at the Strictly Kwaito Legends Festival fundraiser for sick Kwaito veteran Bonginkosi “Zola 7” Dlamini taking place at Bears Palace and Carolina Resort in Mpumalanga on April 2. .

The project was started in 2015 to preserve the original sound of Kwaito music.

The project started with the recording of the album Strictly Kwaito Legends in 2015 and was followed by the Strictly Kwaito Legends Tour in 2016.

Kwaito veteran Sandile “Mapaputsi” Ngwenya says the Kwaito music fraternity will fight in every way to keep the genre alive and not let any of its own suffer.

“This music festival is all about unity and keeping Kwaito music alive,” he told Drum.

“I grew up with Zola in the same neighborhood, Zola Soweto. He is like a brother to me, Ingwazi Yami. People loved our songs Ghetto Fabulous and Izinja and we don’t want our genre and our contribution to South African history to be forgotten,” he says.

“I could go through the same thing one day, be sick, poor or lose a family member to something and need support. We want to be able to help each other. Zola has done a lot for the black South African community and it’s time to celebrate him and others. He motivated our grandmothers, fed our parents.

Mapaputsi says he also needed people to come to his aid.

“I’ve also needed help in the past, I’m a human being and money doesn’t last forever and sometimes your health needs attention. I also have times when I don’t have any help. “money or even data. But God makes ways. We just have to build the Kwaito nation so that the young people will never forget even when new sounds come in, we must never forget where we come from,” he adds. -he.

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In his glory days, he was best known for his 2001 album ‘Izinja’, which won him Best Kwaito Artist and Best Kwaito Song at the Metro FM Awards in 2002 and Best Kwaito Song and Music award. South African for Best Music Video in 2003.

Mapaputsi always made music but felt that Kwaito was overlooked and not played on radio stations.

“Therefore, people think he’s dead. It’s just not played. I’ve always made music, but I had to make room for other genres in radio.

In 2019 he releases the Shooting Star project, and in 2021 he releases Indoda.

“I needed to release the song indoda talk about GBV, and I needed to talk to the abusers and the women who were abused. Women are being murdered every day by their spouses and the song says, let’s respect each other and respect the people who gave birth to us,” he says.

Although it was difficult to stay relevant in the music world, he worked hard.

“I read somewhere that I died. I am very much alive and healthy.

Mapaputsi says that for Kwaito artists these days, bookings are not easy and he has found other sources of income.

“My wife and I have recently joined the poultry business selling chickens and eggs. This is something we are looking to develop. It has not been easy especially for someone who needed to learn the basics of the poultry industry. We are still relatively new and still struggling to pay staff. But over time, we will get there. We believe this is a good business to invest in, but it takes time to learn the tricks of the trade,” he says.

“But I’ve learned that music alone isn’t going to put food on the table. You have to start other business ventures while doing what you love.

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A kwaito legend, Mapaputsi was recently the victim of a crime. the woza friday The singer is still in shock and recovering after nearly losing his life in a recent robbery.

“I’m still in shock, but thank God we’re still alive to see my family,” he said.

Mapaputsi was assaulted in Diepkloof Soweto, stripped naked and put in the trunk of a car.

“I was beaten, and all put in the trunk of a car. They took my clothes, my shoes and my belongings and it was only when I mentioned that I was Mapaputsi that I was released. I almost got shot,” he says.

“It was a horrible experience that I don’t want to repeat or wish on my worst enemy. I didn’t expect to make it out alive, but I thank God for my life. If people see me with a black eye and bruises, they mustn’t be shocked, the show must go on. Let’s pray for protection. I’ll be fine.”

He is happy to be alive to achieve his goals. He is currently working on a film called Izinja ZaseZola telling the story of Kwaito artists from Zola Township.

“We are still writing the film. We will go back to the days of Chiskop, Brown Dash, Trompies, Mandoza until today. We have released a new generation of Kwaito musicians through our various record labels and we want to keep the legacy alive,” he says.

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