General in command

HE IS not known as General for nothing, and he is not a military man. He is the general of kwaito music. Siphiwe Sibiswe, who first made a name for himself as a founder member of the group Chiskop, an old-school kwaito crew that once included Mandoza.

HE IS not known as General for nothing, and he is not a military man. He is the general of kwaito music. Siphiwe Sibiswe, who first made a name for himself as a founder member of the group Chiskop, an old-school kwaito crew that once included Mandoza.

Chiskop's contribution to kwaito music is legendary and is in the same league as Thebe, Oskido, Arthur and Trompies, to name just a few groups. Together they have had seven albums with varied degrees of success.

Now General has over the years carved himself a solo career, with three albums behind him, including the lastest, Ngifuna iMali Yam Cash, which will be launched on Friday at Vardos in Mapetla, Soweto.

"The name comes from my experience in the music industry. I have been in the game long enough to know about its pitfalls, such as performing at a gig and the promoter chooses to pay you with a cheque that later bounces. I am saying to those promoters who cheated me that I want my money. Henceforth I'm not going to accept any cheques, only cash," he said.

On the new album, General has matured as he has incorporated some some jazz sounds into soul, kwaito and even Afro-pop.

"This is a response to some of the fans of Chiskop. They have moved on in life and their music taste has moved with them. They are no longer interested in the type of kwaito music they used to listen to when they were young. In a way I am growing with them," he said.

Production-wise, General has roped in heavyweights Brickz, Terry Pinana, who also produces for KB, the new TKZee album, and Gabi le Roux, Mandoza's producer.

"In a way this album is also a reflection of my own growth as a person, spiritually and musically, with a new attitude in life."

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