The Major League DJ’s have seemingly found their niche. The pair has recently made waves by paying tribute to the music we used to enjoy in our youth. This began with uThando which borrowed the lyrics and melody from Boom Shaka’s massive hit, Lerato.
This time around, they played around with music from celebrated Pitori DJ and producer, Mujava. They feature up and coming artist, Focalistic.
This track finds Focalistic paying tribute to one of Pretoria’s biggest exports, DJ Mujava, before he celebrates life through music. Unlike Mujava’s hits from yesteryear, 19 Tobesta is surprisingly chilled and laid back thanks to Gemini Major.
Focalistic is rapping phrases and words from that time as well as borrowing some from our favourite Kwaito tracks. He brings a level of Pitori swag that’s been missing in the industry.
The video for 19 Tobestsa is also a surprise as the gents take us straight to China Town. The video is shot entirely on location at what looks like a Chinese restaurant. We see them donned in kimonos, carrying chop sticks and even see the translations in Chinese looking characters all throughout the song. Even the mami in the video is of the Asian persuasion.
Morale Phala directed the video and the quality is insane but we have to ask, what inspired these visuals?
Check out the video 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!