Although it was originally released in 1993, I Wanda Why continues to be enjoyed by all and sundry in South Africa and elsewhere
THANDISIZWE MGUDLWA l Saturday, November 5, 2022
JOHANNESBURT, South Africa – His debut album, I Wanda Why, in the early 1990s will go down as the hit that propelled Kwaito to become this global brand he is today.
That’s the one and only, SeaBee. Real name, Sibi Motloung. Be it in home, shebeens, taverns, radio stations, TV stations, taxi ranks, hostels, train stations, nightclubs, parties and other celebrations, I Wanda Why has continued to receive overwhelming support from the millions of people who are been touched by the South African classic.
The man some have proudly dubed as ‘Sebokeng’s Finest’, turned the world of South African music around forever, especially the new music genre Kwaito, with that legendary and unforgettable I Wanda Why album.
It has also been stated by others that the key to the album’s success was the magic touch of “Spokes H”, who composed, produced and arranged all tracks.
The iconic album consisted of six songs: I Wanda Why, Stoppa, Slowdown, People’s Party, Thiba and the favorite for many people, Homeboy. Till this day, I Wanda Why album still motivates millions of people.
Back then, while the political leaders were ‘scratching their heads’ as to what to provide the youth with, Sea Bee, Spokes H, Chilly Bite and the rest of the Kwaito pioneers gave the Mzansi youth direction and leadership.
The success of Kwaito is proof of that fact. Hitting the airwaves in South Africa in 1993 on the Mighty Good Sounds imprint, according to Rush Hour, “Sea Bee’s debut album was a hit in the earliest days of kwaito, the house-infused soundtrack of a newly democratic nation.
While it may have been Sea Bee’s release, key to the album’s success was the magic touch of Spokes H, who composed, produced and arranged all the tracks. Sea Bee would soon disappear from the radar, while Spokes remained an influential and popular figure in SA until his untimely death in 2013.
The latest release on DJ Okapi’s Afrosynth Records removes two tracks from the original six-track album, keeping four of the choicest downtempo dancefloor bombs – ‘Home Boy’, ‘I Wanda Why’, ‘Thiba’ and ‘Stoppa – all heavy on the bass, with uplifting vocals and unique lyrics guaranteed to not let any discerning (or aspiring) DJ down – ever!”
The real story behind, I Wanda Why’s success is that it inspired a generation and others to follow about what is marvelous, fantastic and greatness that can come from the Ghettos.
Although it was originally released in 1993, I Wanda Why continues to be enjoyed by all and sundry in South Africa and elsewhere.
Thank you to our legends. Kwaito Stars.