The self-styled king of kwaito, Arthur Mafokate was born in Lebowakgomo, outside of Polokwane, Limpopo. His family later moved to Chiawelo, Soweto. There Arthur dreams of becoming an entertainer and musician began to be realised. As an accomplished dancer, he became a backing dancer for top artists such as Brenda Fassie, Monwa and Son, Johnny Mokhali, etc. Through dancing he was able to be closer to his dream of being a musician as it allowed him to get a feel of the atmosphereon stage and to work with established musicians. Amongst his first songs, was a song titled ‘Vuvuzela’ which was released in 1994.
He followed up in 1995 with a hit titled ‘Kaffir’. While these songs were not notable musically for spearheading a new genre of music, their lyrics reflected the new freedoms that emerged after the political changes of 1994. Due to his success a lot of aspiring and up and coming artists from rural villages and townships decided to work with Arthur to launch their music careers and enjoy success in their endeavours.
This led to Arthur establishing a music publisher and record label known as 999 Music. 999 Music has produced, published and launch the careers of solo artists and groups such as Supasta, Bambezela, Doom Sugar, Tall & Slender, Papa Jeff, Pinky Pinky, AbaShante, New School, Lira, Purity, Speedy, Makhendlas, Brenda Fassie, Scamtho, Helela, Iyaya, Mouze, Ishmael, Mshoza, Zombo, Zulu, Chafkop, and Stitch. Arthur was recognised for his contribution to kwaito at the 2007 South African Music
Awards. Arthur is involved in a number of initiatives to develop and nurture South African music. He is currently doing a talent search, and this initiative is sponsored by the national Department of Arts and Culture.