We chat to talented female DJ on the come up, DJ Ndonie
We love connecting with up and coming talent who are determined to change the status quo of the game. Today we had a young chat with talented Gqom and House DJ, DJ Ndonie. We chat to her about being in a male dominated industry as well as her latest single, Umkhumbi Ka Noah.
Noncebo Mahalngu, better known by her moniker, Ndonie is a budding DJ who is building her brand. Born and bred in Nkandla, in Kwa-Zulu Natal and raised in the township of Newcastle, DJ Ndonie always knew she wanted to pursue music. And this is her time to demonstrate what a force she it!
Q: Which local music artist has inspired your choice in music?
A: Right now, it’s Busiswa.
Q: How would you best describe your sound?
A: Gqom! My music makes people dance, it brings out the fun side of people.
Q: As a female house DJ, what sets you apart from other female acts?
A: I make my own music, music that accommodates everyone.
Q: How you do handle being in a “male dominating” industry?
A: It’s not easy being in a male dominating industry I must say, but I know what I want and what I’m in it for – staying focus, protecting my values and staying in my lane. And that’s what has kept me going so far.
Q: Which of your tracks is your favourite and why?
A: Umkhumbi Ka Noah lol I’ts my 1st successful single and I know it’s a hit. And I really believe it will open great opportunities for me in this industry. And the music video is already out, by the way – you can check it out on YouTube and on the Sibizi Music website.
Q: You’re set to play at Kasi Chillas, Zone 1, Zonkizizwe on the 17th November. What can fans expect?
A: They can expect a full package! I’m going take them to the centre of Jhb (ngeDeep House) to the Streets of Kasi #Soweto (ngeOldSchoool) and then back with me to the dusty streets of KZN (sithiGqom)! So, they must rock their heels and sneakers hhayi amapumps!
Q: Where can people get hold of you?
A: Twitter : @DjNdonie, Instagram : @dj_ndonie and Facebook : DJ Ndonie
Listen to Umkhumbi Ka Noah below!
Could 2019 Finally Be The Year For Mzekekeze’s Big Come Back?
If you were alive in the early 2000’s then you may remember how huge Kwaito music was. TS Records, owned by DJ Sbu and Thembinkosi Nciza produced some of the most stellar artists who dominated the charts and won countless awards. This was a major deal because TS Records was an independent label. Artists who we consider the cream of the crop at the time included Brown Dash, Brickz, Mafikizolo and the balaclava-wearing Mzekezeke.
The Mzekezeke and DJ Sbu situation being the one in the same is long so we won’t get into that. But in October of last year the duo announced that they are forming a new record label together. This was after TS records closed down due to both DJ Sbu and TK Nciza decided to focus on their individual business ventures.
Mzekezeke’s come back has been warmly received so far
The new label is called Mzekezeke Music and the first release was DJ Sbu’s soulful house joint titled Beautiful featuring Portia Monique. The second being Mzekekzeke’s first official come back single Gqom single, Nay Lento which was surprisingly warmly received.
So this begs the question, is this the year that Mzekekzeke will finally be making an official and unrelenting come back? We think so.
Mzekezeke has always been illusive and a little of an enigma. Even though we have always suspected that he is DJ Sbu, there was never a slip up or a confirmation of this. This may work to keep his relevance up to a younger audience. Plus if he is already working on new music which appeals to people who haven’t heard of him, this may be advantageous for him.
At the moment there is an interest in authentic South African sounds from the global audience and from within the country. We are beginning to appreciate the beautiful influence that Kwaito has had on our music. Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat and Kwesta have been incorporating elements of the genre into their sound and creating a fusion of Hip Hop and Kwaito. If Mzekezeke hops on this trend and brings back that essence of the sound he had in his glory days, this could work.
The charm of the Mzekezeke persona has always been his authenticity and singing about issues that we laugh at in our private corners. The world never gets tired on genuine energy so this may be one thing that works in his favour.
What do you think? Is 2019 the year Mzekezeke comes back in a huge way?
Check out the visuals for Nay Lento below!