Past his bed­time, DJ couldn’t play at club

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI

AN­OTHER at­tempt to get South Africa’s youngest DJ to break a Guin­ness world record has failed.

Five-year-old Oratile Hlong­wane, known as DJ Arch Ju­nior, didn’t even make it to the decks at Taboo night­club on Fri­day night as there was no crowd to play to.

The young boy, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his fa­ther and tal­ent man­ager to the Sand­ton venue, looked rest­less and tired as he had to wait un­til 11pm be­fore he could at­tempt to break the cur­rent world record, which is held by Bran­don Duke from Canada, who man­aged to play a set in a club.

In 2015, he made his first at­tempt to break Duke’s record but was un­able to play for an hour. He was only three.

His fa­ther, Glen Hlong­wane, said last year that his son could only play a 15-20 minute set as his con­cen­tra­tion wouldn’t last.

Last year, an­other at­tempt was made at the McDon­ald’s U/14 Schools League na­tional fi­nals at the Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium in At­teridgeville, Tsh­wane, but that too failed as it didn’t meet the re­quire­ment of the young DJ play­ing at an ac­tual club. He played for 65 min­utes.

In a ra­dio in­ter­view with Gareth Cliff, Hlong­wane said they sub­mit­ted to Guin­ness but Guin­ness got back to them say­ing that al­though it was good, they ac­tu­ally wanted the young DJ in a club be­cause the record is for youngest club DJ.

Af­ter strug­gling to find a club that could ac­com­mo­date the child, they even­tu­ally man­aged to set up Taboo as a space for the at­tempt. Be­fore this, Hlong­wane had been get­ting his son to prac­tise play­ing hour-long sets to pre­pare for the world record.

How­ever, this fell flat again as Taboo night­club gets busy well af­ter mid­night, mean­ing there were not enough peo­ple in the club for the boy to play a set.

Oratile’s tal­ent man­ager, Lekunutu Se­boko, said this didn’t de­ter them from try­ing again.

We want to ac­com­mo­date him ear­lier

“We def­i­nitely want to ac­com­mo­date him at an ear­lier time and have an au­di­ence for him to play to. It was dif­fi­cult for us to have to wait for pa­trons to come to the club as it only started get­ting packed at 12.30am. We un­der­es­ti­mated how long it would take to get an au­di­ence in a club.

“If it has to be in a club, we will do it. I have a good re­la­tion­ship with Taboo man­age­ment and we will see if we can’t make it a day event and have a crowd there,” Se­boko said.

The SA’s Got Tal­ent win­ner’s fa­ther said the young star had grown a lot and had a bet­ter ear for mu­sic since win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.


RECORD: DJ Arch Ju­nior

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