Early life[ edit ] Mafokate is the son of Olympic equestrian and philanthropist Enos Mafokate. He was born in Soweto, Gauteng Province and his family later moved to Midrand. In his song, Mafokate protests against the use of the word "kaffir," claiming that his employer called "baas" or boss would not like to be referred to as "bobbejaan," or baboon.
This song is significant, not only as a musical milestone, but also in terms of the lyrics. The association of kwaito with gangsters is because kwaito in itself, according to Mafokate, is "all about ghetto music. I don't come from hell. You would not like it if I called you a baboon.
Even when I try washing up, you still call me a kaffir. Boss, don't call me a kaffir. These words are recurring until the end of the song, while the lyrics are repeated sequentially at various pitches, a common theme of African music. While being banned by a few radio stations, the song caught the imagination of the country's youth and the EP went on to sell in excess of , copies and largely influenced the state of kwaito today.
Mafokate named his newly formed music label Music, after the house number of his family home in Chiawelo. As of , he was the sole owner of the label. Through hard work and the strong will to succeed, Mafokate was able to succeed as an artist and in building a sustainable independent music label.
Thus became one of the most established and recognised Music labels in the country and it still is, existing for over 15 years. The genre of Kwaito music resulted from "the lifting of sanctions in South Africa which provided musicians with easier access to international music tracks and a radical revision of censorship, while the easing political situation allowed for greater freedom of expression.
Freedom of expression meant that for the first time, the youth of South Africa could make their voices heard". Mafokate describes his success in these words: By becoming owner of Music, Mafokate broke economic barriers and helped bring kwaito into a new era. The Study of a South African urban genre. Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa. University of Cape Town.