Arthur Mafokate Biography: Age, Children, Siblings, Net Worth, Wife, Songs, Albums, House, Wiki

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Arthur Mafokate (born July 10, 1962) is a renowned South African musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur, credited as one of the trailblazers of kwaito, a distinctive South African electronic dance music genre. 

With a musical career spanning over 20 albums, he has earned numerous accolades, including the prestigious South African Music Award for Best Male Artist. Beyond his musical endeavours, Mafokate is the founder and CEO of the record label 999 Records.

Throughout his illustrious career, Arthur Mafokate has consistently delivered successful albums. Among his most notable works are Seven Phezulu (1996), Yiyo Yiyo (1998), and Arthur and Family: Making Music, Vol. 1 (2000). Collaborating with fellow artists such as MafikizoloThembi Seete, and Lebo MathosaMafokate has left an indelible mark on the South African music scene.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Arthur Mafokate
Born: 10 July 1969 (age 54 years old)
Place of Birth: Soweto, South Africa
Nationality: South African
Education: N/A
Height: 1.75 m
Parents: Enos Mafokate
Siblings: Oupa Mafokate, Miemie Mafokate
Spouse: Not Married
Girlfriend • Partner: Queen Iyaya Sesoko (ex.), Busisiwe Cici Thwala (ex.)
Children: Kelello Mafokate, Arthur Mafokate Jr., Owami Mafokate, Onalenna Mafokate
Occupation: Musician • Businessman
Net Worth: $1,150,000 (USD)

Early Life & Education

Born on July 10, 1962, in Soweto, Gauteng Province, South Africa, Arthur Mafokate is the son of the Olympian equestrian and philanthropist Enos Mafokate. He is also the younger brother of the late Kwaito star Oupa Mafokate and Miemie Mafokate. Although originally from Soweto, his family later moved to Midrand.

Arthur‘s childhood was challenging, marked by his father’s frequent work-related absences and his mother’s limited involvement in his upbringing. Raised by his grandmother, Arthur faced adversity from an early age.

Despite these early hardships, Arthur Mafokate demonstrated exceptional intelligence and talent. He excelled in school and displayed an early passion for music. His journey into the entertainment industry began at 10 when he started dancing, eventually becoming a backup dancer for prominent South African artists like Brenda Fassie and Johnny Mokhali by age 16.

Arthur Mafokate‘s academic journey is yet to be completed, but his commitment to learning and evolving as an artist remains unwavering.


A pivotal achievement in Arthur Mafokate‘s career was launching his debut album, Oyi Oyi, in 1997. The album garnered widespread acclaim, solidifying his standing as a prominent figure in Kwaito music. Subsequently, he continued to deliver successful albums like Kaffir and Paradise.

In addition to his musical endeavours, Mafokate has expanded his scope to include business and entrepreneurship. Under his 999 Music brand, he has established a dance academy and diversified into various ventures. Beyond his professional pursuits, Mafokate has engaged in philanthropy, particularly supporting causes related to education and youth development.

Awards & Nominations

  • Song of the Year at the 1998 SAMA FNB Awards for his song “Oyi Oyi.”
  • Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 South African Metro FM Music Awards.
  • Special Recognition Award at the 2017 South African Music Awards.
  • Kwaito Legend Award at the 2018 South African Hip Hop Awards.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the 2019 South African Music Awards.

Social Media

  • Twitter: @ArthurMafokate
  • Instagram: @arthurmafokate
  • Facebook: Arthur Mafokate

Personal Life

Arthur Mafokate, the Kwaito artist and producer from South Africa, has never entered matrimony. He is the father of four children, stemming from three distinct relationships. His eldest son, Arthur Mafokate Jr., was born in 1994. Owami Mafokate, his daughter from his union with Queen Iyaya Sesoko, came into the world in 2000. The youngest members of his family, daughters Kelello Mafokate and Onalenna Mafokate, were born from his association with Busisiwe Cici Thwala in 2006 and 2010.

Arthur Mafokate‘s life has been marked by turbulence, navigating several high-profile relationships and subsequent breakups. His connection with Cici, in particular, was strained, culminating in mutual accusations of assault. While Mafokate‘s legal case was ultimately dismissed, the incident left a lasting impact on his reputation.


Here is a list of Arthur Mafokate’s studio albums:

  • 1994: Windy Windy
  • 1994: Scamtho 
  • 1995: Kaffir 
  • 1996: Die Poppe Sal Dans 
  • 1997: Oyi Oyi 
  • 1998: Chomi 
  • 1999: Umpostoli 
  • 2000: Mike 
  • 2001: Seven Phezulu
  • 2002: Haai Bo 
  • 2003: Skulvyt 
  • 2004: Mamarela 
  • 2005: Sika
  • 2006: Vanilla & Chocolate 
  • 2007: Dankie
  • 2007: Arthur Vs. DJ Mbuso: Round 1 
  • 2008: Kwaito Meets House
  • 2011: Hlokoloza
  • 2013: Kommander

Net Worth

Arthur Mafokate is a singer, record producer, and businessman from South Africa with a net worth of R22 million (approx. $1,150,000). He is well-recognized for his kwaito work and has recorded over 20 albums. Mafokate has also run several businesses, including a record company, a clothing line, and a vehicle dealership.

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