Za­gro Dee­jays drop de­but al­bum

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

ZA­GRO Dee­jays’ de­but of­fer­ing which is set for re­lease next month could take the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment scene by storm, if the rave re­views for the first sin­gle on so­cial me­dia and ra­dio sta­tions are any­thing to go by.

The sin­gle, Your Groove fea­tur­ing songstress Miss Ji­jjy was re­leased on 30 June and it has re­ceived the thumbs up on so­cial me­dia and call-in pro­grammes on lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions.

Za­gro DJS com­prises of Nthethe ‘DJ Al­le­gro’ Sekoli and Siyabonga ‘DJ Sk­izo’ Chefa who have been re­leas­ing sin­gles such as Your Star fea­tur­ing Linkeng and Sig­na­ture, Male­sehlana fea­tur­ing Lala and Imithandazo.

The group was formed in 2004 as a trio which also fea­tured DJ Khepza who left in 2015 to start a solo ca­reer.

They proved their ver­sa­til­ity when they in­cor­po­rated a bongo drum, played by DJ Al­le­gro, into their sound. They also fea­tured rap­pers L-tore and Nirex on a House beat of the track Slega which be­came a club an­them dur­ing the last fes­tive sea­son.

They re­ceived the Best Pro­ducer Award at the Ul­ti­mate Mu­sic Awards 2016 in Novem­ber 2016.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender this week, DJ Al­le­gro said they took their time to per­fect their sound and build their brand.

“Plan­ning an al­bum and re­leas­ing it are two dif­fer­ent things so as much as we al­ways wanted to drop one, we had to en­sure that our sound is one we trust will be regarded as the best in terms of qual­ity and orig­i­nal­ity,” DJ Al­le­gro said.

“We re­leased dif­fer­ent sin­gles to in­tro­duce our sound and we have also per­formed at var­i­ous events even for free just so we could form a solid fol­low­er­ship with the au­di­ence.

“We also re­leased Your Groove as the first sin­gle for the up­com­ing al­bum so peo­ple can know what to ex­pect from the al­bum and the re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing. It is go­ing to be a com­mer­cial House al­bum with only one deep House track.

“Since peo­ple have been burn­ing with an adren­a­line rush for our of­fer­ing, we prom­ise that we will not dis­ap­point at all. This is go­ing to be the al­bum peo­ple will be jam­ming to this fes­tive sea­son through­out the coun­try and be­yond,” he said.

Al­le­gro said al­bum would be a 12-track of­fer­ing, adding they worked with var­i­ous mu­si­cians such as lo­cal vo­cal­ists Nel Rivers, Lala, Ma­pule and Juvy as well as South Africans Les­ley Mbatha and Be­yond Song and Sadi from Botswana.

Lo­cal pro­duc­ers Taks Beats and PK Matete are also fea­tured on the al­bum. Al­le­gro said mu­sic lovers should look out for tracks like Hale Phir­im­ile and Go Back.

“The idea of fea­tur­ing so many peo­ple is to pro­mote unity among mu­si­cians ir­re­spec­tive of the genre by show­ing that if we work to­gether we can re­lease a bet­ter product. It is also im­por­tant to work with peo­ple from other coun­tries to broaden the mar­ket.

“We have also mapped out a dis­tri­bu­tion plan which will en­sure that we cover the whole coun­try and not just Maseru as it is nor­mally done. Af­ter­wards, we will fo­cus on tap­ping into other coun­tries,” he added.

ZA­GRO DJS com­prises of Siyabonga ‘DJ Sk­izo’ Chefa and Nthethe ‘DJ Al­le­gro’ Sekoli.

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