It’s been 25 years and Kalawa Jamzee has never missed a beat


It’s been 25 years and Kalawa Jamzee has never missed a beat

The champions of our local sounds have learned that changing with the times is the best way to stay on top

Zola Zingithwa

On Wednesday evening, South African record label Kalawa Jazmee celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a tribute launch at Universal Music in Rosebank. Artists affiliated with the brand gathered to pay homage to one of the country’s most successful record labels.

Initially, Kalawa Records was its own label founded by Oscar Mdlongwa, Don Laka and Christos Katsaitis in the early 1990s. However, Katsaitis, popularly known as DJ Christos, left to start his own record label.

This is when Mdlongwa and Laka merged Kalawa with Trompies’ Jazmee Records in 1994 to create Kalawa Jamzee, bringing Mandla Mofokeng, Emmanuel Matsane, Zynne Sibika and Bruce Sebitlo into the fold as co-founders of the new record label...

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