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South Africa's Iconic Group Bongo Maffin is Set to Release a New Album

It will be the group's first album in well over a decade.

Last year, the iconic South African kwaito group Bongo Maffin, reunited after several years. They then went on to release the single "Harare" much to the delight of their numerous fans. Of course, the single was just an appetizer for everything else still to come. Thandiswa "King Tha" Mazwai, one of the members of the diverse quartet, recently confirmed that Bongo Maffin will be releasing an album on November 29thβ€”the group's first album in well over a decade.


Mazwai, Jah Seed, Stoan and Speedy all went on to pursue solo careers following their 2005 album New Construction. Mazwai has perhaps been the most prolific in terms of her solo career compared to the other three. However, the 90s kwaito group (whose songs are a characteristic mixture of Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Shona and English) is back and it looks like they'll be sticking around for a little longer this time around.

Taking to social media, Mazwai announced the news.

After giving fans massive hits including "Mari Ye Phepha", "Kura Uone", "Thath'isgubhu" and "Amadlozi", it's no surprise that everyone is waiting with baited breath for the group's new project. We know we certainly are. Here's how a number of fans have since responded to the news of the upcoming album.




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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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