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The 27 year old Ish­mael started his mu­sic ca­reer in 2008. “It was not as easy as I thought it would be. I did not even know how to start a com­puter”, he says. Ish­mael says he al­ways had mu­sic in his head even though it was hard learn­ing how to op­er­ate stu­dio soft­ware. With the sup­port from his late father whom was also a mu­si­cian, Ish­mael be­lieves that the knowledge he gained from him moulded him to be where he is today. It may have seemed as if it was a joke to oth­ers when he first started, but with his strong pas­sion for mu­sic, the Lim­popo based Dj Isho kept all the neg­a­tiv­ity from some of his peers aside and fo­cused on his dream. He says there were peo­ple who al­ways talked neg­a­tively about his tal­ent. “I had to pull up my socks be­cause some­one en­cour­aged to just ig­nore all that was be­ing said”, he says. The 27 year old DJ says it is quite an hon­our that the same peo­ple who al­ways dis­cour­aged, are the same peo­ple pro­mot­ing his mu­sic ev­ery­where. His pas­sion, con­fi­dence and hum­ble at­ti­tude to­wards his mu­sic ca­reer, Dj Isho worked with sev­eral record­ing la­bels and was for­tu­nate to have been given a plat­form to show­case his ex­cep­tional tal­ent.


He is now signed un­der one of the best record la­bels, Fatha­land Creatives. “Be­ing un­der Fatha­land is ac­tu­ally a dream come true as quite a lot has changed, es­pe­cially fi­nan­cially and now I have good qual­ity mu­sic. I feel re­ally blessed”, he says. Dj Isho has re­cently re­leased his al­bum ti­tled “Pu­ri­fied” with Fatha­land is re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive re­sponse from his fans and the pub­lic. The al­bum con­tains tracks such as “Go Bohloko, Maria, and Batho Ba Bo Rena” and many oth­ers. Dj Isho says he aims at con­tin­u­ing to be unique in his mu­sic and mak­ing sure that each and ev­ery al­bum he re­leases leaves his fans with noth­ing but great mes­sages and joy. With all the bril­liant artists he has fea­tured in his al­bums, Isho has worked with the likes of Bolobedu’s own Qheen Poshy girl, best known for her hit “Makoti Siku­landile”, Dj Meja, Phb Finest and Caswell P. He has also col­lab­o­rated with King Salama and many other lo­cal artists. Asked about his track “Stop the Vi­o­lence”, Ish­mael tells Empowered Youth that the song it­self was hard to com­pose. “It is re­ally sad that many women and chil­dren are still be­ing abused. With this song, it is my con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the voic­ing up against such and I am con­fi­dent that many will learn from it”, he says.


In 2017, Dj Isho was gripped by the tragedy of los­ing his father. As he looked up to his father, Isho says it is to his re­spon­si­bil­ity to make him proud even though he is no more. “I be­lieve God made a de­ci­sion and I can­not ques­tion him. This af­fected me big time, but I have to fol­low his foot-steps to keep the Mashao clan mov­ing”, he says. His father was his in­spi­ra­tion and men­tor. “I would have not made it this far if it was not for his guid­ance and sup­port he gave ev­ery times I needed him”, he says.


He is not just a mu­si­cian, but also a father to his beau­ti­ful 2 year old daugh­ter. Isho loves and en­joys spend­ing his pre­cious time with his fam­ily.

Fol­low­ing his late father’s foot­steps in the mu­sic in­dus­try, Dj Isho (real name is Ish­mael Mashao) is song­writer, and pro­ducer. As he makes it big in cre­at­ing good mu­sic, the hit maker of “Maka­rina” gives us an in­sight into his mu­si­cal journey and life...

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