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After suf­fer­ing a ma­jor in­jury dur­ing a rugby match in the third year of his mar­ket­ing de­gree at the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg in 2008, 27-year-old An­thony “Luka” Kasirivu’s dream of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional rugby player was shat­tered.

Almost two years later, as he slowly re­cov­ered with the help of phys­io­ther­apy, paid for by Good Samaritans, Kasirivu emerged more de­ter­mined to turn what was a tragedy into a suc­cess story.

He says that with the support of his fam­ily and friends, he prayed to God for a mir­a­cle.

This even­tu­ally came in the form of mu­sic equip­ment do­na­tions – which would see him spend hours learn­ing to pro­gramme and pro­duce mu­sic.

Mu­sic be­came an out­let and a way to make sense of his sit­u­a­tion for this self-taught pro­ducer, who is re­ferred to as Luka in mu­sic cir­cles.

“I was in­trigued by mu­sic from an early age after see­ing fam­ily and friends put vinyl on turnta­bles and I saw the joy it brought to ev­ery­one,” he says.

In his quest to be­come the best, Kasirivu sought the ad­vice of trusted pro­duc­ers in his prov­ince and else­where to guide him on his way to be­com­ing a mu­sic pro­ducer.

Kasirivu can­not move his fin­gers and uses a pen­cil strapped to his fore­arm when he pro­duces mu­sic at his stu­dio.

He sol­diered on and mu­sic even­tu­ally be­came his trusted com­pan­ion. He spent most of his time learn­ing new tricks of the trade or read­ing mu­sic books and mag­a­zines.

“It’s truly a re­flec­tion of what trust in God and hard work can do. I can’t take credit for any­thing that I do be­cause God is the one who has shown Him­self to me in try­ing times,” says Kasirivu. “To be able to pro­duce mu­sic is more of a bless­ing than a dream,” he tells me as I catch up with him on the tele­phone.

Last year, one of the Soul Candi la­bel man­agers, Al­lan Nicoll, heard Kasirivu’s song on the on­line mu­sic site, Trax­source.

But it took some con­vinc­ing be­fore Kasirivu fi­nally agreed to have his mu­sic re­leased un­der the cut­ting-edge la­bel.

“I’m hum­bled, but also fully aware that there is no time to re­lax in the mu­sic in­dus­try. This in­dus­try is big on sell­ing young peo­ple a dream that is far from re­al­ity,” he says.

Kasirivu is re­spon­si­ble for the Luka part of the Soul Candi Pro­ducer Se­ries Vol­ume 2, which con­sists of 12 tracks – some of them are orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions while oth­ers are remixes.

On the al­bum, Kasirivu comes across as a skilled mu­sic pro­ducer who is able to hold his own along­side UK-based D-Mal­ice, who takes charge of the first al­bum of this dou­ble of­fer­ing.

Kasirivu en­listed the ser­vices of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional deep House vo­cal­ists such as Mz Jay ( Joyce Frien­drich), Jackie Queens ( Jackie Kwenda), RubyGold (Carla Mariza Claasen), Sarah-Jan­nat, Jaidene Veda and Ali­son Crock­ett.

In true new-age tech­nol­ogy mu­sic pro­duc­tion style, Kasirivu had some of the vo­cal­ists send in their work via email, while he worked on the mu­sic be­tween 2011 and 2012.

“I ac­tu­ally recorded them [the tracks] not know­ing if they’d ever be re­leased on a phys­i­cal al­bum. I just kept work­ing and stayed fo­cused.”

Kasirivu says be­ing fea­tured by Soul Candi has af­firmed that his mu­sic can speak for him and reach fur­ther than he ever could.

Though he says he does not like idolis­ing peo­ple as this means hav­ing to idolise their mis­takes and prob­lems as well, Kasirivu says DJ Black Cof­fee is one per­son he looks up to greatly be­cause he un­der­stands the value of hard work.

While he would like to con­tinue mak­ing mu­sic, he feels that as an emerg­ing pro­ducer, he needs to di­ver­sify his tal­ents, which is why he is in the process of com­plet­ing his hon­ours de­gree at North­West Univer­sity.

Kasirivu still finds time to speak to the youth in North West through reg­u­lar school talks.

He says he is grate­ful to do this be­cause he can give back to the com­mu­nity what has been given to him by God, his fam­ily and those who sup­ported him in try­ing times.

Kasirivu is not only a promis­ing mu­sic pro­ducer, mo­ti­va­tional speaker and a pos­i­tive thinker, but is also a record la­bel owner of We Go Deep, a sound de­signer and mu­sic remixer. He is also a mix­ing and mas­ter­ing en­gi­neer at SDL Stu­dio.


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