Mafikizolo joins Universal Music Group


South African award-winning Afro-pop band, Mafikizolo are now part of a global Universal Music Group deal, which includes Universal Music Europe who will be promoting the band’s music across Europe and other countries, Universal Music Group CEO, Sipho Dlamini said at the launch of Mafikizolo’s new album, 20.

“We are now part of Universal Music. We are happy here and we were given an offer we could not refuse,” Mafikizolo’s band member, Nhlanhla Nciza told the audience at their album launch held at Universal Music Studios in Rosebank on Tuesday.

Established over 20 years ago, Mafikizolo now made up of remaining band members, Theo Kgosinkwe and Nciza has managed to stay on top of local and international music charts, which has seen them dominate African countries.

The launch party was also attended by the media and personalities such as Nomsa Mazwai, Generations actress Chi Mhende, The Queen actor, Vuyolwethu Ngcukana among others.

Asked if they still miss their band member, Tebogo Madingoane who died in 2004 after a road rage incident.

The two stars said they still do and they will soon be opening a music academy in Soweto in his honour.

“We do not want to reveal much before everything has been signed, but we are honouring him and consider him part of us to this day. We will be opening a music school in Soweto in his honour and in the album we have a song, Sgruva Njalo done as a sign of honour to his legacy,” Ncinza said.

The band also paraded its production team which includes master producer, DJ Maphorisa as well as rising star, Gemini Major and others.

Some of the artists featured on the 16-track offering include Nigerian stars Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Jah Prayzah of Zimbabwe, Syleena Johnson and Monique Bingham.

“We are still old school and believe in signing our CDs and promoting our albums the old school way. For us, it is important to go out there and interact with our fans who have been with us all these years.

“As much as digital sales are important, nothing beats having a physical copy and some of our friends, even though they have downloaded the album, they have still bought the physical copies of our new album,” Nciza said.

The band took guests through some of their new hits from the album and also premièred their new music video for the song, Love Portion, which has garnered just under 4 million views since its launch on YouTube.