It is no doubt that local music giant, Vee Mampeezy popularised the kwaito kwasa but the golden era in the genre came in 2006 when he launched his own record label, Black Money Makers (BMM) with then mentees, Mingo and Exodus as his top artists.
While his other previous protégés, Eskimos were already signed under Eric Ramco Records, BMM boosted the kwaito kwasa and overthrew kwasa kwasa genre, which had been dominated by Franco and Alfredo Mos.
Vee had a difficult period with South African producer, Godfrey ‘Guffy’ Pilane, so he found a way to bounce back at the time.
Exodus, which is made up of Dawn Seisa and Anthony Phatsimo, released songs that ruled the airwaves like manyoloi and masupatsela. However, after leaving BMM, the group never really found their touch and eventually disappeared from the radar until now.
As for Mingo Touch, he was a teenager at the time but he became an instant favourite with his all time hit tshaba tsotsi. He was regarded as the next Vee but he also left BMM, switched to gospel music and struggled to remain a household name.
Mingo Touch, whose real names are Aminoni Mujokeri found a way back to his mentor four years ago. Last year he again cut ties with BMM, quit music a few months ago and then returned shortly some weeks back.
Eskimos, despite releasing Back to Kasi album in 2004 under BMM, also found their way back to Vee when they released the album after leaving Eric Ramco Records.
The group made up of Kagiso ‘Skejo’ Ketswantwa, Kabo ‘Zane’ Mmolawa, Goitsemodimo ‘Javas’ Binang and Keitshupile ‘Mandla’ Mokwena have albums like faratlhatlha, makimo, still makimo under their brand but the last time they released an album was glory in 2015.
Fast forward to 2018, Vee Mampeezy who has relatively done well for himself over the years is bringing his original BMM crew being Eskimos, Exodus and Mingo back together for the first time after more than a decade.
Vee Mampeezy has now performed with the artists in his shows recently just to rewind people’s memory a bit before unleashing a project that is scheduled for release next month.
Real name, Odirile Sento, Vee Mampeezy confirmed to Arts & Culture after a rigorous performance with Mingo and Exodus recently. “We are bringing the whole clan back together. We have a song that we have done together. We don’t want to release it yet, but we will continue to perform our olds songs together on stage,” he said.
Vee Mampeezy who was visibly happy that his boys are back, said they will return to their original and well-known style from way back.
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Vee Mampeezy said it was not really difficult to find a way back to each other because Mingo Touch has been their anchor. “He is what has been keeping us close all these years,” Vee Mampeezy who convinced Mingo Touch to return to music said.
Speaking about his latest single, dololo which has impressed a lot of people and now the dance tune of the moment, Vee Mampeezy said the single was added to his album gase ya bana.
“It is a song that guides everyone. If you take it too serious it will hurt your feelings. I also have some words which relates to me,” he said. Vee Mampeezy said even though he is a Pastor he has to stamp his authority.
“It’s not a beef track because I don’t hold beefs nor grudges, but I teach a lesson instead,” he said. The multi award-winning artist said the song was inspired but everyday life situations. “Every week, there are some issues of child maintenance, people complain about politicians, guys talk about beautiful girls with bad attitudes so all those issues were combined into one song,” he said.
Commenting about his critics, Vee Mampeezy said when someone is finished people stop talking about them, but when they start talking then there is something about that person. “I have been in the game for too long so people want a space in the industry. Most of the people who complain on social media are upcoming artists and end up influencing many others. Even now they tried with dololo but my fans were just too tired because the work will always speak on my behalf,” he highlighted.
He said dololo is a dance track because each time he performs, his dancers unleash their best. “House kwasa is all about dance, it is the culture. There are many different dances, no wonder I also involve Mafitlhakgosi,” he added.
Vee Mampeezy said he would never part with Old Naledi-based group because he loves their work. He said Mafitlhakgosi would always brand that culture aspect.
“We have been influenced by the western countries and we have forgotten about our own culture, so I will always bring in traditional music to remember where I come from,” he said.