Striving to be the best
However, over the years I have been privileged to meet and get inspiration from Swaziland’s best Spinners who have inspired me with their unique selection of sounds and craft and these happen to be Kuru, Jazzinsoul, Katz, Mmely (Antidotes), Czar, Cup, Msa
Born and raised in the city of Mbabane, Swaziland, Master-Jack’s real name Sakhile Mkhumane. I am a young male aged 23 and I became fascinated by deep house music at a very young age.
I grew up in an environment that was surrounded by people who loved and still love house music. I wouldn’t say I am inspired by specifically one DJ but by many local and international DJs who have been and still are making waves and giving some of us reason to love music.
My calling for being a Disc Jockey began in the year 2013 under the mentorship of the famous Dj Tilungu of the Rocking Djs Crew (RDC) based in Manzini a nd DJ Ccino of Candy S ounds Entertainment based in BigBend. At that time I was at the Utech College pursuing my studies in Marketing Management.
I have shared stages with some of the best DJs in the land from the likes of Dj Ace4Nic[Pure Grooves], Secret Souls[Antidote Music], !Sooks [ DeepStit c hed], DJ Charm [ Candy S ound Entertainment], DJ Tilungu [Rocking DJs Crew] to mention but a few.
However, over the years I have been privileged to meet and get inspiration from Swaziland’s best Spinners who have inspired me with their unique selection of sounds and craft and these happen to be Kuru, Jazzinsoul, Katz, Mmely (Antidotes), Czar, Cup, Msakrie, Felix Vida, Ipileng to mention but a few.
A big shoutout to you guys for the amazing work you have been giving to the growing deep house movement in Swaziland. Deep house music, Jazz music, Blues, Lounge, NuDisco and RNB have over the years played a huge role in helping me understand what music does to one’s soul thus I saw the need for me to venture into the deep house scene of music as this is the kind of music that has a very strong meaning and when selected appropriately, it touches one’s soul. Music has always been one thing that kept me going when everything else was on pause and that is one other aspect that contributed to me wanting to be a Disc Jockey (DJ).
How did your love for music begin? Especially house music?
Hehe, I can’t be specific as to when my love for house music began but it was way before I even thought I would one day become a DJ…. In short, I would say my love for house music began when I was able to understand what music is capable of doing to one’s soul. As a young boy, I have had the privilege to associate myself with people who were older than me and this was because of street soccer that we used to play at Mbangweni and these guys I used to chill with included my older Brother (Thanduxolo Mkhumane) who at that time was studying at Metropolitan College in Nelspruit.
Everytime he came back home from school, he would come with new music to listen to and everytime he went back to school, I would make sure I steal his CDs hehe so I could be able to listen while he was away.
So Master-Jack is a name I was given by a friend of mine (Qiniso Mdlalose) whom I used to go to Utech College with back in the day…. Hehe, the name came about after another friend (Vukile Ngcobo) gave me a nickname (Jekwa)…. So one day we were having a conversation with Qiniso and we were laughing about how the Jekwa name needs to be converted to some form of English so that it would be appealing to girls and when he suggested Master-Jack, I told myself that this is my Stage Name and to this day, I have been using that stage name… Shout out to you Qing-Qong for the creativity you put on the name’ Hehehehe…
Why the name ‘Master Jack’? What does your stage name mean to you?
The name Master-Jack speaks to me not just as a DJ but it also tells me that I can be the best that I can be in everything that I dedicate my mind and heart to.
I am one person who loves trying new things and over the years this has helped me be where I am today.
What are your greatest achievements and lessons so far?
In 2015, I was enrolled at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology to study for an Associate Degree in Events Management…. The past three years have been not been easy but I am greatful that the Lord has been with me to where I am right now in regards to my studies.
Being at the University and also working for Talent House Enterprises over the past years has been one of my greatest achievements because I have since gained theoretical and practical skills of the events industry as a whole.
Lastly, the lessons I have since acquired are that one should be humble, sociable and one should give people the room for critics because this not only breaks person but can be a stepping stone to being a better person in life.
What can the House Music community expect from Master Jack in 2018?
The deep house community can expect a lot of fun filled events this year.
I currently have concepts that I would like to put into reality. I must say though, God Bless Ol’tymers Session, Pure grooves and Antidote Music for the amazing work they put in 2017.
These guys have given me so much food for thought for events that I am currently planning to implement this year and with the grace of the one Above, I am hoping to bring loads and loads of fun for the events industry in Swaziland this year,
Any advice for upcoming deejays?
My advice for upcoming Deejays is, patience pays at some point in time, do not rush for fame before you can fully understand what genre of music you play. Also be humble… it can get you to places in your life one day. Take advice from DJs who have been in the game because being thick headed has never helped anyone in the industry.
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