Posted on 14 June 2011.
Growing up in the streets of Soweto is the best thing that ever happened to me. I believe my township has a lot of opportunities for anyone who wants to make something of their life. As a well-known and trend-setting township, many movements start there. When Soweto sneezes the whole of South Africa catches the bug, and it spreads!
One infectious bug that got me was the deejaying bug. On special Saturdays around 6pm, I’d hear loud House music pumping from a nearby house. I was very curious. I’d sit at the gate and watch some of my older friends preparing themselves to go there. I remember trying to fall asleep in my bedroom and all I could hear was girls screaming, guys whistling and the music becoming louder and louder as the night passed. I thought these people were crazy!
One day, curiosity got the better of me and I sneaked out the house to join in. All I saw was people dancing like they were possessed and one guy was in control… the DJ! He was the focal point of the party, surrounded by large speakers and one girl on each side. All he did was skilfully mix the vinyls, play with volume levels and throw his hands in the air. The guys envied him. The girls wanted a piece of him. And, I wanted to be like him! The likes of DJ Claude, DJ Smash, DJ Mbuso and the BFR crew were in charge of this madness, making each one of us lose our minds. The DJs quickly took over our weekends. It was no longer about Saturday night movies. It was now about “Where is DJ so and so playing tonight?” They were ruling street bashes, 21st birthday parties, weddings, skokvels and the club scene.
In Orlando West and Dube the deejaying bug was infecting a lot of people… fast! DJs and DJ crews were popping everywhere like mushrooms. DJ Smooth, DJ Rhino, DJ Nyt, DJ Sjava, DJ Axe and DJ crews like AfroMassive, Ward 11 were making their mark.
Finally, in 2007 our DJ crew was born: Real Elements Entertainment. We had our stint of “fame.” The gigs were coming, sleepless nights were hectic and fly by night club owners wanted us. But, the money wasn’t coming in! We got robbed, egos grew, friendships broke, and that was the fall of Real Elements Entertainment.
But, I cherish every tear and smile we had and I’m proud to say some of the crew members are still flying the flag high. Big ups DJ Sfiso aka Vox and DJ Summer Daze. I’m behind you boys, besides our differences.
I’ve accepted that only a select few can become DJs. I still have the deejaying bug in my DNA but I’m not a DJ.