20 years of friend­ship

House DJs Ma­hoota and Vetkuk talk about how their friend­ship turned into a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Pheto Ra­makobya

IT’S OUR BROTHERLY LOVE THAT HAS BEEN THE GLUE TO OUR FRIEND­SHIP

THE leg­endary duo – DJs Ma­hoota and Vetkuk – have been en­ter­tain­ing fans for more than a decade and they just keep get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery year. Now the duo is cel­e­brat­ing 17 years in the in­dus­try since their first al­bum launch with an an­nual con­cert ti­tled, Spring Jump Off, in Bloem­fontein, where it all started.

STRENGTH BE­HIND THEIR FRIEND­SHIP

Jothama Mbuy­isi, who is well known by his stage name Vetkuk, talks about his friend­ship with former Tromp­ies mem­ber, Zynne 'Ma­hoota' Sibika. “We have been friends for more than 20 years and like any other friend­ship, we've had our ar­gu­ments but it was noth­ing big enough to break us up. The rea­son we have worked to­gether for so long in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is the re­spect we have for each other and the fact that we com­ple­ment each other. Where I lack, Ma­hoota makes up for it, and vice versa,” says Vetkuk.

Ma­hoota adds, “It’s our brotherly love that has been the glue to our friend­ship. We do have our ups and downs but we al­ways over­come them.”

THE BUSI­NESS SIDE OF THINGS

Ma­hoota and Vetkuk are not just fa­mous for their smash hits, the duo has also come to be known for host­ing the great­est par­ties in Mzansi. And what was once a launch for their de­but al­bum has now turned into an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion.

“Our pre­mier out­door mu­sic fes­ti­val will con­tinue to pro­vide fans with a mind-blow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It all started as a CD launch for our de­but al­bum, Mam­lambo. Now 17 years later, we've turned it into a thrilling mu­sic fes­ti­val that caters for al­most ev­ery mu­sic genre,” ex­plains Vetkuk. Ma­hoota adds, “The Spring Jump Off Bloem­fontein is more than just a stage where we per­form. Al­most ev­ery artist in the coun­try has had the chance to per­form on that stage.”

IT’S NOT AL­WAYS ABOUT MONEY

The duo says the par­ties are not al­ways about mak­ing a profit but they are also about em­pow­er­ing local busi­nesses. The hype the par­ties cre­ate bring busi­ness for local B&Bs, street ven­dors and other small busi­nesses.

“Af­ter the party, we usu­ally host free mu­sic work­shops or give out school uni­forms, food parcels and blan­kets,” says Vetkuk.

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