DESPITE the popularity of dance tracks such as hit single Khona, Mafikizolo have not left their signature afro-soul sound behind.
Singer Nhlanhla Nciza said the popular dance tracks on their latest release, Reunited, convinced people they had abandoned afro-soul. "We want to prove to them that we have not abandoned our original sound," she said.
Nciza said they planned to perform two of the albums' three afro-soul tracks, including Saka Habare Bone, when they sang at the Mangaung African Culture Festival in Bloemfontein, which runs from today until next Sunday. It generated nearly R40-million last year.
The group is to collaborate with hip-hop sensation Khuli Chana at the event.
Nciza said choosing someone to collaborate with was difficult. "There are so many people whose music we love."
Chana said: "Working with an act as big as Mafikizolo is a big deal for me.
"I don't think people realise how big they are."