Arthur Mafokate Wiki – Arthur Mafokate Biography
Arthur Mafokate is a South African kwaito musician and producer. In 1994, he released his debut album titled Windy Windy with the hit track “Amagents Ayaphanda”. He released the first kwaito hit with his 1995 song “Kaffir” which to date has sold over 500 000 copies. Its lyrics reflect the new freedoms that emerged after the political changes of 1994, including the implementation of a new constitution and democratic election system. The title, “Kaffir,” is a derogatory term used mostly in South Africa as a racial slur to refer to black people. In his song, he protests against the use of the word “kaffir,” claiming that his employer would not like to be referred to as “bobbejaan,” or baboon.
In 1998 he won the Song of the Year for his song Oyi Oyi at the SAMA FNB Awards. Being credited as the King of Kwaito, was the first artist to win the South African Music Awards category of The Song Of The Year as voted for by the public. He was recognized for his contribution to this new generation of music at the 2007 FNB South African Music Awards. His victory in the ‘Song of the Year’ category, depicts the peculiar popularity of a music genre which does not analyze the historical black struggle like traditional South African music has often done. The genre of Kwaito music resulted from “the lifting of sanctions in South Africa which provided musicians with easier access to international music tracks and a radical revision of censorship, while the easing political situation allowed for greater freedom of expression. Freedom of expression meant that for the first time, the youth of South Africa could make their voices heard”. Making his voice heard through the song Oyi Oyi, Mafokate hit a particular note with South African audiences “in a year when the competition was strong, indicating his enduring appeal for his hundreds of thousands of fans”. Unlike the often apolitical characteristics of kwaito music, he does address the lower class black experience in South Africa in much of his music as is revealed in the lyrics of “Kaffir”. He was honored at the 2016 South African Metro FM Music Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award for recognition of his 22-year-old successful entertainment career.
In 2017, the artist “Cici” who was then partner and signed to his label accused him of physical abuse during the time they were living together. Cici also alleged that Mafokate dragged her with his car for a few metres causing injuries to her pelvis area. she was admitted to Netcare Waterfall private hospital where she underwent hip surgery. He was arrested and released on bail pending a court case. Cici also posted images showing her injuries she sustained causing widespread condemnation of Mafokate which resulted in him canceling the 100MenMarch which was a march to highlight gender-based violence perpetrated by mostly men against women and children. The artist denied all allegations and was found not guilty by Midrand Magistrate court in 2019.
Arthur Mafokate Age
He was born on July 10, 1962 in Soweto, South Africa.
Arthur Mafokate Wife
He has not publicly shared information about his wife. However, he began dating Busisiwe Twala in 2016, popularly known as Cici, two years after his relationship with Chomee ended in 2014.
Arthur Mafokate Children
His children are Owami Mafokate, Kelello Mafokate,and Arthur Mafokate Jr.
Arthur Mafokate Family
He is the son of an Olympic equestrian and philanthropist, Enos Mafokate and his siblings are Oupa Mafokate,and Miemie Mafokate. He was born in Soweto, Gauteng Province and his family later moved to Midrand. He became a backing dancer for artists including Brenda Fassie, Monwa & Son, and Johnny Mokhali.
Arthur Mafokate Instagram
Arthur Mafokate’s Instagram account is @arthurmafokate.