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Four factor: Afro-Pop Groups - Four Factor: Afro-Pop Stars

2007-06-14 17:08
The four factors are:
Shag Factor - Do the group members get to know each just a tad bit too well?

Ruff around the edges - Who keeps it real and who wants to floss it?

Weed Factor - You may need to smoke it to be a member of the band. It's even better if your smoke it at your shows.

Video Factor - Do they cop out with in-studio shoots or do they take it to the streets?

All scores rated out of 10

Our candidates are:


Shag Factor: Malaika's lead singer, Tsedi, does not waste time with small fish, she went all out. Guffey, their producer, is the father of her child. Rolling with the big boys is the way! -10

Ruff around the edges: They are a bit too clean, they always wear the same outfits and they even have a little dance sequence they always step to. Great harmonising as well, these guys know how to floss it! - 4

Weed Factor: I don’t think so! They are too clean cut. - 3

Video Factor: It’s studio all the way. They seem to be afraid of the sun. - 3 GANG OF INSTRUMENTALS:

Shag Factor: Lead vocalist, Lady Naturelle’ and rapper sidekick Mandla make more than jus’ good ol’ music together… (for the idiots out there - they shag a lot!) - 10

Ruff around the edges: They definitely fit the profile, they do the uniform thing and they know how to mix it up with some reggae and ragga as well. - 8

Weed Factor: YES! YES! YES! - 10

Video Factor: They know it's better to get out and catch a breath of fresh air. - 5

- CD Review: Salute
- Interview: Gang of Instrumentals


Shag Factor: Oh hell yessss! Lead singer Thandiswa and rapper-poet Stoan did it, in fact, they have a daughter together. -10

Ruff around the edges: More than just around the edges, they are ruff all over! Hell, they bring new meaning to the word RUFF! -10

Weed Factor: Stoan was not arrested for looking good, he had the herbs! - 10

Video Factor: These guys always take it to the streets. Remember the video for “Kura Uone” from their recent album? - 10


Shag Factor: No shag scandals that we know of. As far as we can tell they know how to separate their business from the pleasures of being a band. - 3

Ruff around the edges: They are clean cut, to say the least. They are also on the harmonising tip. - 4

Weed Factor: No, not these guys... – 3

Video Factor: Their first video was too computerised, but they managed to salvage themselves with the video remake of “Where I Wanna Be”. They tried the outdoor thing and it worked, the train station is not a bad start. - 6

Total Score
Malaika: 20
Gang of Instrumentals: 33
Bongo Maffin: 40
Mina Nawe: 16

Drum role please...

The winners are
Bongo Maffin! They seem to know the secret to success. Congratulations!

- Thobeka Linda

There are essentials that an Afro-Pop group in Mzansi needs, two guys and a gal, tight beats and a dance move or two. This week's Four Factor rates four Afro-Pop groups to see what else they need to make it to the top.

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