DJ set to hit Am­s­ter­dam fes­ti­val decks

The Herald (South Africa) - - LEISURE - No­maz­ima Nkosi

PORT El­iz­a­beth DJ Luba­balo Ma­jika will make his in­ter­na­tional de­but by per­form­ing at the an­nual Am­s­ter­dam Dance Fes­ti­val from Oc­to­ber 18.

The DJ, whose sin­gle Kiss Kiss has been gain­ing trac­tion in Europe since its re­lease last year, said he re­ceived the in­vi­ta­tion in Au­gust and could not pass up the op­por­tu­nity to play for an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence – his largest yet.

“I’ll be play­ing in Europe for two weeks, first at the fes­ti­val in Am­s­ter­dam and later on in Frank­furt, Ger­many,” Ma­jika said.

Ma­jika is signed to Bodikela Records, which is a Ger­man-based la­bel with of­fices in Jo­han­nes­burg,

Am­s­ter­dam Dance Event, or ADE as it is more com­monly known, has be­come one of elec­tronic mu­sic’s most im­por­tant events.

Held ev­ery Oc­to­ber in the Dutch cap­i­tal, the week-long show­case explores the depths of the genre through a se­ries of club nights, dis­cus­sions and con­fer­ences in venues and spa­ces across the city.

This would be his first over­seas gig and Ma­jika said he was ex­cited to meet and learn from in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians, and hoped it would open more doors for his ca­reer.

“I’m ex­cited I’ll get the chance to show the world what we’re about here in SA and I’m ob­vi­ously go­ing to play Kiss Kiss and my own orig­i­nal songs, and will make sure my set con­tains songs from PE, the East­ern Cape and other South African artists.

“What­ever I learn there I’m go­ing to bring back home and hope­fully pro­vide artists here with the chance to play over­seas too,” Ma­jika said.

Ma­jika’s record la­bel will pay for his flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion, while he has to pay for his visa – which he man­aged to raise the funds for.

The DJ, who has been per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for the past seven years, said his plans for the rest of the year in­cluded pro­mot­ing Kiss Kiss, as well as re­leas­ing a mu­sic video this sum­mer sea­son.

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DE­BUT: Zwide DJ Luba­balo Ma­jika is off to Europe for two weeks

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