Duo lead Bolobedu house rev­o­lu­tion

Hit sin­gle el­e­vates Dou­ble Trou­ble

Sowetan - - Timeout - By Les­ley Mo­fo­keng

Bolobedu house is tak­ing off. Dou­ble Trou­ble’s Janisto (real name Jan Maluleke) and CK the DJ (real name Calvin Thaba) from Tza­neen, Lim­popo, are part of the next crop of singers push­ing this unique brand of South African mu­sic cen­tre stage.

Their hit sin­gle, Be Care­ful, has earned this pop­u­lar ap­peal and the video is on high ro­ta­tion on TV chan­nels.

The ex­po­nents of Bolobedu house say the dance-in­duc­ing track is typ­i­cal of the genre, in that it has a sim­ple yet catchy melody and the beat is un­re­lent­ing. While en­ter­tain­ing, it is packed with sub­lim­i­nal and di­rect mes­sages. For in­stance, Be Care­ful is a warn­ing to watch out for peo­ple with ne­far­i­ous in­ten­tions that worm their way in other peo­ple’s lives.

The pair have been at it for a while, with­out much suc­cess but they have fi­nally aced the for­mula. Be­ing signed to indie la­bel Open Mic Pro­duc­tion has given them all the con­fi­dence they needed to take on the rest of the in­dus­try.

Janisto says the in­roads made by Bolobedu house are en­cour­ag­ing.

“This type of mu­sic has been looked down upon for a long time. It was mocked as bucket mu­sic for un­civilised peo­ple, but to­day it is sell­ing and taken se­ri­ously out­side our re­gion.”

One of the most suc­cess­ful acts of Bolobedu house is King Mon­ada with his mon­ster hit Ska Bhora Moreki.

Set­ting up Dou­ble Trou­ble en­er­gised the two. Now their dream is to see the brand of Bolobedu house take over cap­i­tals all over Africa and the world. They be­lieve they have some­thing dif­fer­ent and au­then­ti­cally South African.

They also aim to help groom more artists from their home prov­ince.


Dou­ble Trou­ble are CK the DJ, left, and Janisto. The pair are rid­ing a wave of pop­u­lar­ity with the hit sin­gle ‘Be Care­ful’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.