Biopic to celebrate iconic Boom Shaka

  • 90s kwaito group pays tribute to Lebo Mathosa at the Waar Was Jy show
  • “We haven’t changed, we are still crazy”- Thembi Seete


After they successfully transported their audience back to the 90s this past weekend at the Stanbic Molapo Piazza as the headlining act of the Waar Was Jy kwaito series, SA’s pioneering kwaito group revealed in an interview that they are currently producing a biopic about the iconic group. The drama series, dubbed ‘The life of Boom Shaka’ will chronicle the individual stories of the members of the group that became the soundtrack for the youth at the end of the Apartheid era.

“What really excites me about this project is that it is going to give young people the chance to live our lives and we will get to see our lives played out on TV. I am really big on supporting and mentoring young people because we are using fresh talent and it would be interesting to see how they play out our story. We will make sure everyone has access to this content,” said lead vocalist Thembi Seete.

The last time the group performed in Botswana was about ten years ago and they have recently returned to the recording studio, a comeback that was prompted by the warm reception they received during their performance at the Channel O Africa Music Awards. Back in the day Boom Shaka boasted a fresh and unique take on style and music, and were renowned for creating popular and distinctive kwaito dance moves that propelled their popularity. This past weekend was no different as the remaining vocalist, Thembi Seete proved that she still had the raunchy dance moves despite her age and music hiatus.

“We haven’t changed! We are still crazy! We are always dedicating each performance to our dearly, beloved Lebo, because she is always with us. We still refer to Boom Shaka as a four member group because her spirit is so strong and with us. We thank God for we have created timeless music that people still love and listen to today. When we perform we give people our music as they remember it,” Seete told Time Out revealing, that the last time the group performed together was last year December in South Africa.

“We missed this place. The minute we drove in we started talking about the things we used to do and the troubles we used to get into when we were here, all those beautiful amazing memories. It feels great to be back and I would like to thank Batswana for the support that they continue to give us,” Seete concluded.