Afaya is the brainchild of Milandru Mapengo. The idea behind the concept is to create a platform for collaborating with varying artists of credible talent, and the motivation behind the naming of the concept is that its progenitor wants to inspire artists he collaborates with to dig deep into their bowels and find the creative spark that burns deep inside them.
About 1980 moving to Mthatha led to a discovery of more sounds from his father who grew up in the fast paced Joburg. Mingling with diverse cultures especially from other African countries in Cape Town was an eye opener.
Introduced to Jimmy Dludlu’s manager he worked with Jimmy as a road manager for a few years. At about 2001 a friend asked him to join a band as keyboardist. This was when The Rudimentals were born and started performances in Cape Town and a Reggae Festival in Pretoria, a feature on KYKnet. Working in studios in the Cape, afaya recorded songs with notable musicians like Errol Dyers, Tim Parr and with a few hip hop artists.
Moving to Joburg and working as a ringtone creator and writing songs after work. In 2004 met with MXO while working as a live engineer for Simphiwe Dana. In about 2000s in Yeoville, he reconnected with Aura Msimang who was working on her third album called Afrikan Child. Aura Msimang wanted to work with young producers of Afrikan descent, Afrikan Child.
The privilege of working on the bulk of the Afrikan Child album was a dream come true. It was released online in 2010. Listen to more music listed exclusively in our Production Music Library
There about 20 to 30 artists that have featured on work by Afaya or produced by Afaya include the following.:
Steve Fataar, Errol Dyers, MXO, Tim Parr, Dumisani Mabaso, Mabeleng Moholo, Ngakana Ya Meropa.. Simphiwe Sekhute (Manhattan Brothers), Aura Msimang, Tumelo Moloi, GunMan, Skhokho, Tdo (Zulu Mobb), Tokollo Moeketsi, BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness).
Tsonga Music like Sho Majozi is taking centre stage and it is time.