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

Sunday Observer - - SCENE - Who is Mas­ter Jack?

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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