Funky kasi beats set Junior Mafia apart

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

The sky is the limit for budding kwaito artist Junior Mafia, who has taken the music industry by storm with his debut album.

Born Thabang Motholo, Junior Mafia, as he prefers to be known, is a very talented young musician.

With his album Monster Unleashed currently receiving massive airplay on Gauteng radio stations, the singer hopes to find his place in this tightly-contested industry.

Motholo is at present doing Grade 11 at Mndeni Secondary School. In the album Monster Unleashed, he renders very inspirational and powerful songs about life.

"My message in the album encourages people to support each other so that we can all achieve our dreams," says the 18-year-old.

Like any young musician, Junior Mafia is full of passion and hopes his album will appeal to the young, funky market.

"There are many artists in this industry who are all fighting for the same market," he notes. "My plan is to be strong on the lyrics and have a different style.

"So far I have done well. Since my album was released I have received a positive response."

Producer Patrick Sota says: "Given his unique rap flow, Junior Mafia is undoubtedly the new youth idol in Soweto because he appeals to all young people with Mzansi kwaito. He knows how to balance his lyrics with the social, political and funky kasi beats."

Sota says Junior Mafia's album has taken the kwaito scene to another level.

"What has interested people is Junior Mafia's new fresh approach to kwatio," Sota said.