Malaika - Afro-Pop band - Johannesburg
Malaika is a pop group from South Africa made up of
Jabulani Herald Ndaba (Jabulani), Matshediso
Florence Mholo (Tshedi), and Bongani Kevin Nchang (Bongani).
They consider their producer, Guffy Pilane, a fourth
member. Their style can be grouped under kwaito,
rock or Afro-pop. Their music is a perfect blend of
post-kwaito, post-mbaqanga and neo-soul.
These three young musicians are without a doubt
unequalled in the history of South African pop music
that a debut album Malaika hit multiple platinum (7
in all). There is simply no group or artist who has
ever managed such a feat with a debut album. So the
weight to produce the second album that would equal,
if not surpass, the debut was all the more heavy.
Malaika releases the sophomore album Vuthelani to a
sceptical media and entertainment industry but with
the palpable weight of an expectant music-buying
Barely arrived on the market Vuthelani scooped the
Kora for Best Southern Group in December (2005) at
Kora Awards where Malaika rendered an accomplished
performance amid amateurish performances by their
continental peers. But these awards merely
confirming what the music-buying public, the most
important aspect of the recording chain, had already
bestowed in the group.