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Spikiri

Kwaito
Spikiri

Mandla Spikiri Mofokeng was born in Meadowlands, Soweto where he grew up like any Township boy, in the process of growing up in a township he avoided negative influences and started developing an interest in music.

At, that time getting into the music industry was extremely difficult and it was risky because people never believed that South African township music would be the music to be reckoned with today.

'Spikiri' started his music career as a dancer and choreographer for Sello 'Chicco' Twala's band in 1985. He was later involved as a backing artist for Chicco's Production until 1988.

His passion for music led Mandla to enroll at Fuba Music School in 1991 to study engineering and piano. In 1993 he utilised his skills and produced music for the likes of Chimora , Kamazu , Senyaka and Fatty Boom Boom better known as 'Tsekeleke'.

In 1994 he formed a Kwaito group called Trompies together with three of his friends . Trompies has recorded 8 platinum status discs to date and are in the forefront of the Kwaito / Gong Revolution, which has seen them performing both nationally and internationally . Currently he sits on the board of  directors  at Kalawa jazmee Recording company and is also one of the master minds  in the DCC (Dangerous Combination Crew) the production team of the company.

His recent contributions includes successful records by Brothers of Peace, Thebe, Bongo Maffin, Alaska, Mafikizolo, Jakarumba, MaWillies and Tokollo and Kabelo' solo projects. Most recently, he is one of the award winning Mafikizolo and Kabelo' producers. Mandla 'Spikiri' diverse music talents can be witnesses in projects in which he has worked with artists from other music genres, these include. Don Laka, Moses Molelekwa, Bra Hugh Masikela, Vicky Vilakazi and Hashi Elimhlophe.