Hit-maker pleased that he is still relevant after his win at SA Dance Music Awards
Thumbs up for DJ Ganyani
ONE of the biggest DJs in South Africa, DJ Ganyani (49), received two awards at the second annual Dance Music Awards. The artist tells Move! about his excitement for his recognition and the challenges that come with being in the music industry.
ECSTATIC AND HUMBLED
DJ Ganyani, real name Ganyani Tshabalala, received the Record of the Year Award for his banging single, Emazulwini, featuring Nomcebo. His second award was the Pioneer of Dance Music Award for his contribution to the success of dance music. The star is ecstatic and humbled about the victory.
“It feels good to have won. It shows that after so many years in the entertainment industry, I am still relevant,” he says. “Music changes, and so does people’s taste in music and it feels great that as a DJ I can still influence the industry. It hasn’t always been easy. As old school DJs we have to work twice if not thrice as hard.”
NO MAJOR AWARD
Even though DJ Ganyani is a master at what he does, and has been in the industry for more than 27 years, the legend has never won a South African Music Award (Sama) or a Metro FM Music Award, which are some of the biggest awards in the country.
“I have won plenty of awards and it means a lot to me. However, it still hurts me that I have never won a major music award in the country, a Sama or Metro. It’s not that I am undermining any artist, I just don’t know how these things work,” he says.
“For example, in 2012 my single, Xigubu, was listed as one of the most played songs in the country, but we never received anything for that song. I am not giving up though, I am still working towards winning them some day.”
The artist says as much as awards are a great recognition, they do not define him or his work.
A RECIPE FOR GOOD MUSIC
Many of his singles have been hits, which has kept the expectations of fans quite high. The
Talk to Me hit-maker shares with Move! what his recipe for making good music is.
“My formula is simple; we get a rocking beat, amazing lyrics and a good vocalist,” he says.
The Soweto-born entertainer says the reason he started using relatively unknown vocalists is that when he began his journey as a producer, people did not want to work with him and his team because they did not know the kind of work they did. To add to that, they also could not secure well-established vocalists. Even though they had to use unknown but good vocalists, they have had many successful songs ever since.
LEISURE TIME AND FANS
When DJ Ganyani is not making music or performing at events, the dance music guru is usually catching up on some sleep or watching soccer at home. He also loves that his job is quite a fun one and allows him to engage with his fans.
“I love interacting with fans and taking pictures, but it’s not always a pleasant experience. At times, fans show you love and at the same time others can make rude comments or treat you like an object,” he says.
AWARDS DO NOT DEFINE ME OR MY WORK