Khany­ile’s son is mak­ing his mark

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIPHUMELELE KHU­MALO

JABU Khany­ile’s son is fast fol­low­ing in his late father’s footsteps and al­ready has a num­ber of as­pir­ing artists signed to his one-year-old me­dia com­pany.

Jabu Khany­ile jr is forg­ing ahead with his dreams de­spite his father not hav­ing wanted any of his chil­dren to pur­sue mu­sic.

Khany­ile jr, 28, said his father al­ways warned them about the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges at­tached to the mu­sic in­dus­try.

“There are many times you go with­out a pay cheque. He wanted us to make ed­u­ca­tion a pri­or­ity, to bet­ter our lives.

“I guess as time went on, he re­alised it was a gift he passed on to us and even­tu­ally ac­cepted it. You know how the arts in­dus­try is ta­boo most of the time, es­pe­cially to black par­ents.”

In hon­our of his father, the DJ and mu­sic pro­ducer said he formed a com­pany called Malowe Me­dia last year.

It is named af­ter his father’s iconic song Malowe, which was re­leased in the 1990s.

Ac­cord­ing to Khany­ile jr, his father per­formed the song at a cer­e­mony hosted by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles in 1995.

He said his father’s death in 2006 af­fected him deeply be­cause he was his very own su­per­hero. More so, the death made him view life in a dif­fer­ent way and forced him to take charge of his fam­ily life, as the first-born child.

“I also never feel pres­sured or feel the need to fill my father’s ‘big shoes’ be­cause we do to­tally dif­fer­ent mu­sic gen­res of mu­sic, and I just gen­uinely thank him for the life he gave me.”

The com­pany deals with mu­sic and video pro­duc­tion, PR and events. It also fo­cuses on en­hanc­ing new me­dia tal­ent.

Khany­ile jr has shared a stage with the likes of Lira, Dr Malinga, Zakes Bantwini, AKA, Khuli Chana to name just a few.

Khany­ile jr is a former band mem­ber of the award-win­ning afro pop group Muzart, which dis­banded two years ago un­der ac­ri­mo­nious cir­cum­stances.

“I don’t feel like a fallen star, be­cause when I left Muzart, it was my de­ci­sion.

“If some­thing does not suit or fit your life any­more, it is best to just leave. There is no beef and no com­pe­ti­tion.”

He has also com­posed mu­sic, which he plans on work­ing on with his song-bird mother, Khu­l­uliwe Sit­hole.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: Pro­ducer and DJ Jabu Khany­ile jr is fol­low­ing in his leg­endary father’s (be­low) mu­si­cal footsteps.

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