DON’T CALL ME KAFFIR

 

In 1995, Arthur Mafokate released his EP titled “Kaffir” and the song “Kaffir” became the first major kwaito hit- marking the beginning of a differently beautiful era in South African music. Just a year after South Africa’s first democratic elections which marked the end of South Africa’s official Apartheid regime, Mafokate wasted no time in exercising his new freedoms. Lyrically, the song had only one message- “don’t call me Kaffir”. Mafokate affirmed himself as he sang “angiveli kwasathane man, hey baas” and gained confidence in his blackness as he sang “don’t call me Kaffir”. This becomes the catalyst for self expression through kwaito music and as time passes, we witness kwaito music grow (and eventually die too soon, unfortunately) to be about issues ranging from love to poverty. Simply put, this blog is an attempt at bringing kwaito music into the fore of discourse about blackness; our victories and our grievances.

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