20 years of friendship
House DJs Mahoota and Vetkuk talk about how their friendship turned into a successful partnership
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.