Mapaputsi's name, derived from the Italian word for shoes and comprising Zulu elements, says a lot about him. "I don't want to be one of those artists who makes it then ignores up-and-coming artists. I see myself as opening the doors for them." Mapaputsi is a kwaito pioneer and continues to be a true innovator. Mapaputsi was born in Zola (a neighborhood in Soweto). He started his professional musical career in 1998 working with artists like TKZee, Chiskop, Sbu a.k.a.