Trompies Biography (Wikipedia)

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.

Kwaito groups such as Trompies routinely rap vernacular forms of the major indigenous languages, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, and Zulu. Their use of the vernacular is a conscious attempt to address the social, political, and economic issues that impact marginalized communities in ways that hold particular meaning for them. Language is critical for not only celebrating the uniqueness and legitimacy of local communities, but also for maintaining ties between artists and their audiences. Their members include Jairus "Jakarumba" Nkwe, Zynne "Mahoota" Sibika, Mandla "Spikiri" Mofokeng, Eugene Mthethwa & Emmanuel "Mjokes" Matsane. Each of the members makes shout outs to their families and very often to the bible. There have been references made to Psalm 23, "The lord is my shepherd…" and also to Cain and Abel, but the members say they are their brother’s keepers. These allusions show how important this music is to them especially when they say that they are representing their hometowns.

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