HERE COMES THE NEXT gen­er­a­tion

Oskido and Arthur are two of the god­fa­thers of kwaito, pi­o­neers of SA’S dance mu­sic scene. They are also the fathers of sons who are fol­low­ing in their foot­steps, record­ing their own al­bums 20 years into democ­racy. Les­ley Mofokeng re­ports

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Nine­teen years ago, Os­car Md­longwa (a.k.a Oskido), the cel­e­brated House mu­sic mae­stro, named his first-born son Bass. It was in part be­cause he loved the deep, rum­bling tones that dom­i­nated the sound of his kwaito out­fit Broth­ers of Peace, which he formed with Bruce Sebitlo. Another part was wish­ful think­ing that his child would grow up to make beau­ti­ful mu­sic.

True to form, Bass has lived up to his name. He is not just a child prodigy un­der his fa­ther’s tute­lage, but he is a wiz­ard in the pro­duc­tion suite and is fast gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion in the in­dus­try.

Word has got out that he is the next force to watch as a pro­ducer; and pos­si­bly the fu­ture of Kalawa Jazmee, the record com­pany his fa­ther set up some 20 years ago.

Seem­ingly, his son was the best in­vest­ment Os­car made.

Bass has al­ready lent his con­sid­er­able tal­ents to ris­ing dance mu­sic star Cassper Ny­ovest’s al­bum, the lat­est tsunami to hit the mu­sic in­dus­try. Bass also pro­duced a hiphop remix of Udu’s Nyoso and is work­ing on Speedy and Stoan’s col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum.

He has been work­ing hard be­hind the scenes in the shadow of his fa­mous fa­ther, qui­etly carv­ing a name for him­self with some of the big­gest names in lo­cal mu­sic.

In­creas­ingly, Bass looks set to fly the flag for hip-hop at Kalawa.

In be­tween, he trav­els like a sea­soned mu­si­cian from the party spots in Dur­ban to Joburg, hob­nob­bing with the cities’ A-lis­ters.

The young man be­gan record­ing mu­sic at 13 and his first com­mer­cial out­ing was when he pro­duced Speedy’s 2011 track, Dressed To Kill, on which he also fea­tured. He is still cloaked in pri­vacy and re­quests to in­ter­view him this week were de­clined.

But on his Face­book page, he drops hints about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of work­ing with Nige­rian mu­sic stars Wizkid and Burna Boy.

He also takes stock of the fact that he has a hit track with his “un­cle” Bob­sta DaRock­sta. “How leg­end, though?” he posted on his page.

Hav­ing time with his fa­ther is also some­thing he cher­ishes. “Al­ways a plea­sure and bless­ing record­ing with my old man,” reads another post.

He tells his fans he’s tak­ing a while and all, but in the end it will pay off.

Bass also dreams of be­ing nom­i­nated at the MTV Africa Mu­sic Awards next year.

His views on mu­sic are re­fresh­ing and as a true born-free, he loves the crossover el­e­ments of con­tem­po­rary pop. “There is no such thing as white mu­sic, when black peo­ple hear an elec­tro song or dub­step song they say it’s white mu­sic, don’t bring your racist bull in some­thing so beau­ti­ful,” he com­mented on Face­book.

On April 30, he wrote: “The song I’m re­leas­ing to­day is called Blow­ing Kisses. The song is in­spired [by] see­ing women work­ing hard for what they want. It also en­cour­ages guys to sup­port their ladies in any­thing they’re do­ing.

“Re­mem­ber ladies, you got what it takes – with­out you, the world is noth­ing. If they tell you that you won’t make it, just blow them kisses and prove them wrong.”

An apt mes­sage, es­pe­cially at this time of cel­e­brat­ing Women’s Month.

Mean­while, another young artist, DJ AJ, is also steadily be­com­ing a fa­mil­iar name in mu­sic cir­cles.

The son of kwaito king Arthur Mafokate is cur­rently in stu­dio work­ing on his sec­ond al­bum af­ter the suc­cess­ful launch of his ca­reer last year.

Next week, he drops a new sin­gle called This Time as a pre­cur­sor to the re­lease of the al­bum. The song fea­tures Sizwe, a male vo­cal­ist dis­cov­ered at a tal­ent show AJ hosted where he says Sizwe was his favourite singer.

It’s a House sin­gle with a hint of old school beats – a love song about a man ready to try love again.

AJ says his al­bum will be more com­mer­cial and “less deep” than his first re­lease.

Be­ing Mafokate’s son helped ease his en­trance into the mu­sic scene, he says, al­beit that his fa­ther was against the idea of him en­ter­ing the cut-throat busi­ness.

“It helped me be­cause peo­ple are in­ter­ested to know who Arthur’s son is and what he does. It didn’t make life harder,” he says. AJ has noth­ing but praise for Bass. “Bass is ex­tremely tal­ented. I look up to him. He is a good pro­ducer. I like his move­ment of hip-hop/House.

“Two years ago, we were plan­ning to do some­thing to­gether but we never got around to do­ing it. There’s a high chance we would be do­ing some­thing in the fu­ture,” he says.

Bass Md­longwa



DJ AJ is fol­low­ing in his dad’s foot­steps

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