Mojalefa Mjokes Matsane

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Mojalefa Mjokes Matsane

Mojalefa "Mjokes" Matsane was a South African musician. Mjokes died in the early morning of the 23rd of May 2021 in a car accident.[1] He was returning from a performance that night with Trompies.

He was most known for being a Trompies member of the much-loved kwaito pioneering group Trompies, which played a huge role in shaping the kwaito music industry.

Trompies began making music in 1990 and released their debut album Sigiya Ngengoma in 1995.[2] He leads the Trompies’ popular song, Sweety Lavo.[1] Mjokes, was the lead singer for such hits as Magasman, Fohloza, Zodwa, Bengimngaka, Current and Malabulabu.

Matsane also had a successful solo career, using the name Copperhead. One of his singles, Umtwanakhe, brought him success.

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Mjokes was also co-founder and director of Kalawa Jazmee together with Oscar Sibonginkosi “Oskido” Mdlongwa, Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Bruce Tebogo “Dope” Sebitlo, Zynne “Mahoota” Sibika and Don Laka. Kalawa Jazmee which has produced popular musicians such as Boomshaka, Mafikizolo, B.O.P, Professor, Uhuru, Zonke, DJ Zinhle and Black Motion.

Apart from music, Matsane was also a successful businessman after venturing into the construction industry.[3]


Mjokes was married to Lydia Sikwane and the couple had three children.[4]

Death Announcement

A press release by Kalawa Jazmee announcing his death read:

It is with great sadness to announce that our KALAWA JAZMEE co-director and fifth member of Trompies, Emmanuel Mojalefa Matsane popularly known as Mjokes passed away in a car accident. The accident happened in the early hours of this morning, 23 May 2021 after their performance with Trompies. Further information regarding his memorial service and funeral will be given during the week. #RIPMjokes

Mjokes Death Announcement Video

A memorial service was held on Thursday, 27 May 2021. The service was held at the Newtown Music Factory in Joburg. A funeral service was held on Saturday 29 May 2021 and Mjokes was laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery.[4]

Personal Life

He had 2 sons. One of his sons is a musician. His full real name was "Emmanuel Mojalefa Matsane".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Trompies member ‘Mjokes’ has passed away, SABC News, Published: May 23, 2021, Retrieved: May 23, 2021
  2. Trompies member Emmanuel 'Mjokes’ Matsane dies, eNCA, Published: May 23, 2021, Retrieved: May 23, 2021
  3. Trompies star Mjokes dies in car crash after Soweto performance, ZimLive, Published: May 23, 2021, Retrieved: May 23, 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 Quincy Mahlangu, MJOKES REMEMBERED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!, Daily Sun, Published: May 28, 2021, Retrieved: May 28, 2021