Spikiri's thank-you bashes
VENTURING into the music industry more than two-and-a-half decades ago might have seemed like a hobby, but Mandla 'Spikiri' Mofokeng has realised that dedication can make any venture successful.
This is why the Kalawa Jazzmee record label director - together with fellow musos Bruce Sebitlo, Oscar "Oskido" Mdlongwa and Don Laka - have decided to celebrate his longevity in music by giving back to society.
The respected producer and competent solo artist is hosting bashes, where he will introduce his aspirant-singer daughter, to raise funds for charity.
Mofokeng, also a member of Trompies, the kwaito group, - together with Zynne "Mahoota" Sibika, Eugene "Donald Duck" Mthethwa and Jairus "Jakarumba" Nkwe - says this has been prompted by his personal situation, as a product of a poor family.
He says he "knows full well" how it feels to have nothing.
"Growing up in Meadowlands, Soweto, our family was not wealthy, but through my talent, working hard and being patient, I was able to break the poverty cycle.
"The first of the charity bashes was hosted in Soweto on Christmas Day and the next one will be hosted in Alexandra around Easter.
"I will not be giving money to the beneficiaries, but will buy uniforms and groceries for identified families instead."
He adds that he enjoys making his fans happy through his music.
"The industry has good and bad elements, but I'm grateful that the good overshadowed the bad in my life. Success has also come from making good choices."
About performing with his daughter Thando, 20, he vows that no one will exploit her.
"I can't force her to quit because music is her passion, but I'll make sure she's not taken advantage of."