Sky the limit for DJ Tshep­zadj

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LE­SOTHO’S en­ter­tain­ment scene has never been the same since the 2010 foray of Tshep­zadj in the in­dus­try. And five years on, the disc spin­ner re­mains fo­cused on churn­ing out the best of House mu­sic.

Born Tšepo Thokoana in July 1981, Tshep­zadj is one of Le­sotho’s em­i­nent House mu­sic ex­ports with his stature hav­ing grown in leaps in bounds over the years. The Mohale’s Hoek-born star re­vealed in an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week that his love for mu­sic dates back to his pri­mary school days.

“I have al­ways loved mu­sic since my pri­mary school days as I used to play the Moropa (home-made drum) in church on Sun­days,” Tshep­zadj said.

“I only started play­ing mu­sic pro­fes­sion­ally in 2010 at the then popular club, The Joint, in Ha Ne­lese.

“My big­gest chal­lenge then was fit­ting in as the in­dus­try al­ready had tal­ented disc spin­ners. I then sought a plat­form to de­liver sets for the au­di­ence on a regular ba­sis so that they ap­pre­ci­ate my craft.”

Un­like most disc spin­ners, Tshep­zadj has been able to blend dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal gen­res to suit the crowd he is per­form­ing to. He was, how­ever, cat­e­gor­i­cal that House mu­sic is his forte “be­cause it is eas­ier to keep peo­ple on the dance­floor when play­ing it”.

“I chose the mu­si­cal genre I un­der­stood, loved and en­joyed play­ing most then stuck to it,” he said.

Tshep­zadj said he had man­aged to make his pas­sion a ca­reer, thanks to hard­work and per­se­ver­ance as well as a de­voted fol­low­ing.

“Be­ing a DJ is a pas­sion and also a ca­reer for me and one has to be pro­fes­sional to make it in any busi­ness. My hard work con­tin­ues to bring more bless­ings,” said Tshep­zadj who also holds a Bach­e­lor of Tech­nol­ogy (B-tech) qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“I have shared the stage with some of the big names in House mu­sic in­clud­ing Ralf Gum (from Ger­many) and South Africa’s Vinny da Vinci, DJ Fresh, Black Cof­fee, Oskido, Eu­phonik, Glen Lewis, 2Lani, Lulo Café and DJ Claude among oth­ers.

“I make sure I never dis­ap­point when­ever I get a chance to per­form and am al­ways thank­ful to God for that.”

Through­out his five-year ca­reer, Tshep- zadj has carved a niche for him­self by churn­ing out the most ex­clu­sive tracks in his sets. He is yet to re­lease an al­bum but has up to 40 mix­tapes ti­tled Tshep­zadj Sweetsounds which he de­scribes as “mu­sic meant to touch the soul”.

“I al­ways en­sure that I have a few new songs to play on ev­ery set, fol­low my favourite dee­jays on the so­cial net­works and hang around other DJS and friends in the en­ter­tain­ment fra­ter­nity to keep my­self up­dated on the lat­est re­leases,” he said.

“While I do not have an al­bum yet, I have 40 mix­tapes and am cur­rently work­ing on Sweetsounds 041. The mix­tapes are meant to en­sure lis­ten­ers have an end­less stream of Tshep­zadj’s sounds and also spur feed­back on so­cial me­dia sites where they can be down­loaded them for free.”

Tshep­zadj said his best per­for­mance so far was at the Vo­da­com *111# Con­cert in 2013 where he played along­side the likes of Chris­tos, Black Mo­tion and Oskido to name a few. As a part­ing shot to fans and as­pi­rants alike, he said to make it in the in­dus­try “one has to be hum­ble, dis­ci­plined and re­spect­ful”.

Tšepo Thokoana aka Tshep­zadj

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