Kwaito group fights social ills

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

With the scourge of Aids causing havoc in our communities, it is heartening to hear that young musicians are doing something about it.

The Johannesburg kwaito music group, In For A Mez, is dedicated to the fight against Aids.

They go from school to school in their home town, Mogale City, spreading the message to scholars: seriously consider your teenage stage and concentrate on your education.

"We are targeting schools because we want to speak on behalf of parents who cannot talk about sex with their children. This year we are touring schools outside our home township of Munsieville," said group member Itumeleng Mogorosi.

The targeted areas are Kagiso 1 and 2, Mohlakeng, Bekkersdal, Westonaria, Swanieville and Randfontein central.

With their debut album, Rocking the Cradle, Mogorosi, Setshaba Modisane and Kagiso Khogome combine radio-friendly and dance-floor-burning tunes with lyrics that speak about contemporary social issues. The nine-track album is titled appropriately because it reflects the legacy of Mogale City, home of the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng.

On their hit track, Aids is a Killer, they warn young people not to engage in casual or unprotected sex.

The album is loaded with songs that aim to debunk social ills. The musicians come down hard on issues of corruption, substance abuse, littering, drunken driving, school truancy, Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases.

"What stands out is that these young artists are flying the flag to raise consciousness in a genre best known for its superficial lyrical themes," said world-renowned jazz legend Hugh Masekela.

He signed them to his recording company, Chissa Records, and produced them.

The groups has also worked with saxophonist Khaya Mahlangu, Danny Kamazu, Zwai Bala and DJ Black Coffee.