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DJ Darkboy Masey takes house music industry by storm

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It is a sweltering weekday morning when I meet Masego Ntshontsi, popularly known as DJ DarkBoy Masey for an interview. He is currently making waves in the house music industry but there is none of the pomp one would expect of a local artist making it big in neighbouring South Africa. He arrives alone, dressed in simple jeans, plain T-shirt and sneakers. The only sign of lavishness is the expensive-looking Gucci watch on his wrist. He is punctual, and waits patiently while I finish my morning cuppa. He comes across as shy and reserved. To break the ice, I ask if it is true that he had a fling with Zodwa waBantu as a certain gossip page reported. He laughs and exclaims: “Oh no, that was not true. Zodwa and I are worlds apart: our personalities are different, we wouldn’t click.

The whole thing was blown out of proportion.” He breaks into a grin when we talk music and he chats animatedly about his journey in the music industry. His latest single, Konakele featuring Mzansi songstress Mpumi of Yawe fame, is on high rotation on radio and television. The music video has already premiered on Botswana television as well as on South African television shows, Live Amp and Etv’s Club 808. The duo also performed live on a show called Crazy World on Etv. Konakele is a follow-up single to the Mr Blesser, which he released last year featuring Mckenzie.

Darkboy Masey recently relocated to Johannesburg and he points out that his move to SA is about business because the music industry there is bigger. “South Africans take their craft seriously and the music industry there is fast paced compared to here. I am confident that I will do well,” he says. He and his team, that includes his manager, Zayne Aftermath felt that the move would catapult him to higher ground.

He admits that he has not been approached by a big record label but points out that he would scrutinise any opportunity that comes his way. Darkboy Masey emphasises that he will still work with local artists. He however laments that there is no unity among local artistes, which stagnates growth. “Some of our artistes don’t believe in working together.

They put ego and pride first, which affects their work. Collaborations have the power to help one grow their career: because you learn, exchange ideas and get recognition. Collaborations are good.” He plans to go global and is confident that he has what it takes to be counted among the best house DJs from Africa. His journey in music started several years ago when he worked with the likes of Amantle Brown on the song Maria Pela and Mel D on Wenzwabe. He also worked with an artiste called Abbie on a track called Change my lingo.

His breakthrough came when he was playlisted on Big Brother Africa Hotshots in 2012. It gave him recognition and motivated him to work harder. He also secured an interview on a big radio station in Nigeria, Vibez FM. “From there I started making solid connections that helped me break into the SA music industry,” he recalls. A chance meeting with DJ Malwela of Metro FM led to him working DJ Cyndo and eventually through their manager Lucyman, he worked with Trademark and Zinhle on the song Yilo. “Working with them raised my profile. Some DJs started remixing our songs and they would play on radio.” This past festive season, Darkboy Masey performed at Zeerust beach festival, Babina tholo family fun day, Clap your hands and had a gig in Kalamare. He played in Hamanskraal and featured at Rama City in Pretoria. He also toured Durban. “The reception was great,” he says.

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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

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omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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