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Afaya is the brainchild of Milandru Mapengo. In a family that would sing together we ot fond of choral music and much more of indigenous music performed in traditional ceremonies.
A move to live in Mthatha with his father led him to discover sounds that captivated his father who had grown up in the fast paced Joburg. Cape Town during the varisty years made him discover a potpourri of cultures, being introduced to mant Africans from other African countries was an eye opener.
Milandru joined the Rudimentals and started performances in Cape Town and a Reggae Festival in Pretoria, a feature on KYKnet. Working in studios in the Cape, Milandru recorded songs with notable musicians like Errol Dyers, Tim Parr.
Moving to Joburg and still writing songs led to meetings with MXO and a live engineering gig for Simphiwe Dana. In the early 2000s while working at a studio in Yeoville, he met Aura Msimang who was working on her third album called Afrikan Child and she wanted to work with young producers of Afrikan descent just like the album was called.
Milandru had the privilege of working on the bulk of the album and rearranging some songs that were started by other producers. It is a beautiful body of work and will be out in the near future. It was at this point in his journey that he knew he has realised his dream to live his passion of making music.
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The song features Siphesihle Gwala on vocals. Siphesihle performed with Zola as a backing vocalist. He has also recorded with Zola on his own releases. Other songs that a.faya features him on are available on Musunguri Wa Pemba album.
The nod from the Beatport Hype team fuels the musical relationship between Afaya and Siphesihle which started a few years back at Base 2 Base studios which was based in Sandton at that time. We were recording material for his album under the name, Vasco. We recorded a few songs that were to be featured on the album. Only one of the soungs is currently available on release. Bekezela is available to stream on Soundcloud