Bongo Maffin

Bongo Maffin

Bongo Maffin formed in 1996, starting as a project of South African deejay Oscar.

Appleseed was born and raised in Zimbabwe but brings a distinct shona and reggae flavour to the group's music. Stoan began his musical career as a singer for the kwaito band Thebe while singer Thandwisa (Red), a Xhosa girl with roots in the Eastern Cape, joined in 1997 after working with them as a backup singer and studio musician. The group's expansive and spiritual take on the dance-oriented genre has been compared to the Fugees' broadening of American hip-hop.

The trio's music is firmly rooted in the rhythms of house music, incorporating reggae, dancehall, rap and contemporary R&B but not without giving to their homeland, adding the sounds from South Africa's many homegrown genres: the bouncy beats of mbaqanga, gospel, the choral sound of iscathamiya (made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo) as well as kwaito (the name of which is derived from the Afrikaans slang word 'kwaai', meaning cool or mean).
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Bongo Maffin Discography


CDCOL 8080 Bongo Maffin The Concerto(CD) Columbia CDCOL 8080 South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
Bongo Maffin Bongolution (Album) Sony Music South Africa 2001 Sell This Version
CDDCC 013 (DDN) Bongo Maffin New Construction(CD, Album) Gallo Record Company CDDCC 013 (DDN) South Africa 2005 Sell This Version
CDKJ001 Bongo Maffin Leaders Of D'gong(CD) Kalawa Jazmee CDKJ001 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HAR-001 Bongo Maffin Mari Ye Phepha (Dennis Ferrer Remixes)(12") House Afrika Records HAR-001 UK 2002 Sell This Version

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