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Trompies member Mjokes, real name Emmanuel Mojalefa Matsane, died in a car crash in the early hours of Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Late Trompies Star Remembered For His Distinct Kwaito Voice

Tributes are continuing to pour in for Mjokes, a member of prominent South African kwaito group Trompies, following his tragic death. Below are five kwaito tracks we will always remember him by.

Emmanuel Mojalefa Matsane, famously known as Mjokes, passed away in a car accident in the early hours of Sunday, May 23. Mjokes, a member of the legendary Soweto kwaito group Trompies, was reportedly returning from a performance with his fellow members at the time of the fatal car accident. Trompies is one of the best kwaito groups to come out of South Africa, and the loss has been deeply felt by music lovers.


Kalawa Jazzmee, a music production label famous for being home to South Africa's best kwaito, afropop, and house music artists confirmed news of Mjoke's death in an official press release this past Sunday morning. According to IOL, Mjokes passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning after performing in Meadowlands, Soweto. Just a week before his death, he had released his new single titled "Phansi Nge Ndlondlo". At the time of his death, Mjokes had been making music for close to 30 years and stood out for his fun, big personality and voice. He led many of Trompies' timeless hits such as "Bengimngaka", "Fohloza", "Sweety Lavo", "Zodwa" and "Current". In 2008 Mjokes dropped his debut solo album Nga-le Way, followed by his 2010 sophomore album Cultural House.

Trompies member Eugene Mthethwa said he still could not believe that Mjokes had passed away, adding that he had been hoping that it was a bad Twitter rumour. Radio and house music artist DJ Sbu took to social media to share his shock , while Kwaito DJ and Trompies member Mahoota called for Mjokes to be remembered through his latest single "Phansi Nge Ndlondlo". Twitter tributes continue to flow in under #RIPMjokes.

Trompies was formed in the early 90s during the insurgence of the kwaito sound, and started churning out hits from 1995. The remaining members of the group are Mandla "Spikiri" Mofokeng, Eugene "Donald Duck" Mthethwa, Jairus "Jakarumba" Nkwe and Zynne "Mahoota" Sibika. Their debut album Sigiya Ngengoma was an instant hit, reaching more than half a million sales upon its release. Trompies then followed with other successful albums — Shosholoza, Delicious, Can't Touch This, Mapantsula and Respect Toasted Gona' Ganati.

Inspired by life in Soweto, the group was also known for its colourful distinct fashion which, in turn, influenced the popularity of famous brands such as Converse and Dickies.

Here are five songs that clearly showcase Mjoke's great talent.

1. Sweety Lavo from Shosholoza.

This sweet 1998 hit single about a lovers quarrel quickly became a staple at parties.

Trompies - Sweety Lavo www.youtube.com


2. "Fohloza" from Mampantsula.

This was yet another hit from Trompies, a fun track about loving big bodied women.

Trompies - Fohloza www.youtube.com


3. Zodwa

This number is a wedding and festivities go-to track. The catchy sing along song carried by Mjokes also saw the birth of many variations of the train dance to it.

zodwa www.youtube.com


4. Nga-le way from from Nga-le Way

This underrated dance number was released in 2008.

Nga-le Way www.youtube.com


5. "Phanse Nge Ndlondlo"

This last smooth single by Mjokes is a fitting goodbye as it consolidates the early rhythms and beats of Kwaito quite well- yet sounds strangely current.

Phanse Nge Ndlondlo www.youtube.com

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It's Official: British Vogue Has Made 2022 The Year of the African Model

The major fashion magazine's February 2022 issue features 9 gloriously Black and African models - and we can't get enough.

Sigh... The Black Woman.

Legendary fashion and lifestyle magazine British Vogue has set the tone and welcomed in a new era with their latest cover, celebrating Black women in all of their glory. In what is arguably their most diverse, Afro-centric issue to date, the February 2022 issue of the popular magazine features 9 glorious (and Black) African models. Their latest issue, which celebrates "The Rise of The African Model", features South Sudanese models Adut Akech, Akon Changkou, and Anok Yai, Ethiopian beauty Akway Amar, Senegalese-Italian Dibaa Maty, Nigeria's Jumbo Janet, Nyaguaa from Sierre Leone, Australian Abény Nhial, and American model Majesty Amare.

Photographer Rafael Pavarotti captured the group's beauty, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful's vision beautifully. On the cover, Enninful says, "I saw all these incredible models from across Africa who were just so vivacious and smart. These girls are redefining what it is to be a fashion model. He went on to speak about the soon-to-be-historic cover on his Instagram, writing, "No longer just one or two dark-skinned girls mingled backstage, but a host of top models took a meaningful, substantial and equal place among the most successful women working in fashion today. It means so much to me to see it."

Echoing Edward's words and highlighting the importance of having diverse models on both sides - the model and the viewer - model Adut told the fashion magazine, "When I first started modeling internationally... I would literally be the only Black, dark-skinned girl in the show. There were no Sudanese models, no African models," the 22-year-old model said, "Now, I go to a show and there are girls from my country, girls from Africa who look like me. So yes, there has been a huge change. It has gone from me being the only one at a show, to 15 or 20 of us. I'm just so happy that we are finally at this place. I was tired of always feeling out of place, and feeling like an outcast."



Social media lost it when the cover dropped, many sharing the emotional impact seeing so many Black models on an international cover has over them.



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