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.
FATHA LAND CREATIVES:
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.
LOSING HIS ROLE MODEL:
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.
BEING A FATHER:
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...