Trompies are a South African music group who specialise in a type of pop music known as Kwaito. The members of the group grew up together in a Soweto Township and agreed to form a band after they had all completed their music studies in college. Beginning to make music in the mid 1990s, they have since sold over half a million records and have become very successful in producing and managing other artists as well through their record label Kalawa Jazmee.
The group is made up of five members, Emmanuel “Mjokes” Matsane, Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Eugene “Donald Duck” Mthethwa, Jairus “Jakarumba” Nkwe and Zynne “Mahoota” Sibika. They use various vernacular languages where they speak about daily issues society faces.
Two of the group members had previous performing experience as dancers in Chicco Twala’s group, and a third was the keyboard player for popular South African reggae artist Lucky Dude. This background in older forms of dancing and music lends to their music a style of singing and synchronised dancing and dressing that is much more often found in a pop group than in kwaito, which was previously thought of as the “music of gangsters” but is now, thanks in part to Trompies, becoming increasingly more well-respected.
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