Kwaito group Bongo Maffin has stood the test of time!
This as the group celebrates 26 years together.
Jah Seed, Stoan Seate, Harold “Speedy” Matlhaku, and Thandiswa Mazwai are the groups’s members.
Bongo Maffin was formed in Joburg in 1996 by Kalawa Jazmee Records and Oskido Mdlongwa.
The group shared that they’re still going strong and will be celebrating more anniversaries together.
They said it’s the love that people show them which keeps them going.
Stoan – whom Daily Sun readers will also know from our Sun’Ceda series, which he presents – told SunBuzz that this is everything to them.
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“We appreciate the love we receive from our fans. This is because a lot of people don’t get this far with their music careers and for us it’s something special,” he said.
“We have four strong individuals who get along very well. My children will always know that their father did everything in his power and had something for them to celebrate every single day,” Stoan said.
He said what also kept them going is the quality of their work.
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The singer said people still stop him and tell him how grateful they are that they’ve experienced their sound.
This year they will be busy with more stage performances and events.
The Thathi Sghubu hit-makers have grown their brands as individuals and as a group.
“Our solo careers are going well. We dropped our last album in 2019 called From Bongo With Love, but we couldn’t promote it properly due to Covid-19.
“But we have a huge catalogue of hits under this album that we will be performing soon,” Stoan said.
The group recently performed in Soweto at an event called JAMZ on Ice Festival alongside TKZee, DJ Maphorisa, and Big Nuz.
Speedy said: “We still juggle solo careers. I have my current album out called The Gift, that I’m still promoting and will be dropping more videos from it.
“I will be doing both my solo work and work with the group.”
Speedy said that it’s patience that kept them together as a group. He said they always make sure that they show love and respect to one another.
“Bongo Maffin fans love us a lot. I am looking forward to sharing the music we have from our catalogue with our fans,” he said.
He shared that their fans always want the best from them, so they mostly go all out for them.
Speedy said they will be busy with a few performances but later focus on their tour.
The group has performed for the late former South African president Nelson Mandela twice.
First for his 80th birthday and then at the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert with US singer Beyonce.
They have shared the stage with Chaka Khan, Dru Hill, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Kenny Lattimore, and Macy Gray in Paris, France. They have performed in Canada, USA, London and Germany.