DJ strives and thrives

CEL­E­BRAT­ING 10 YEARS OF HIS AN­NUAL ONE-MAN SHOW Bring­ing in a stel­lar line-up fea­tur­ing Lady Za­mar, Shekhi­nah, Na­dia Nakai and Bu­siswa.

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himza, whose real name is Ash­ley Raphala, is cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of his an­nual One Man Show (OMS) on Christ­mas day in Tem­bisa.

The pop­u­lar DJ, pro­ducer and phi­lan­thropist, who made the tran­si­tion from as­pi­rant in­dus­try young blood to lead­ing light of the global afro house scene at al­most break­neck speed, is ex­pected to stage an even big­ger and bet­ter show this year.

The line-up in­cludes Bu­siswa, Shekhi­nah, Lady Za­mar, AKA, Kwesta, Cassper Ny­ovest, Na­dia Nakai, as well as Black Mo­tion.

It’s a fundrais­ing event with the pro­ceeds go­ing to help the needy.

Shimza said the in­clu­sion of more fe­male artists than there were in his pre­vi­ous shows was not de­lib­er­ate.

He said he just chose artists who are a force to be reck­oned with in the mu­sic in­dus­try and they hap­pened to be women.

Shimza’s One man Shows started in Tem­bisa.

As he put it: “Tem­bisa is my back­bone. With­out the Tem­bisa One Man Shows, none of my other one-man shows would have hap­pened.

“The Tem­bisa shows are a re­minder of where I come from; hence they are very close to my heart.”

Mu­sic has a deeper pur­pose for him.

“Mu­sic means I can speak to the masses with­out lis­ten­ing to them in­di­vid­u­ally.

“It’s a de­vice I use to give back to my com­mu­nity, and a tool I use to bring peo­ple to­gether.”

This year’s show will start at 5pm and there will be food stalls and bars at the venue, the Me-

Fans have nick­named him the ‘Ef­fect Mas­ter’ and ‘Vinyl As­sas­sin’.

In 2016, Shimza made his Ibiza de­but at Destino’s Closing Party along­side Lu­ciano to mas­sive ac­claim. hlareng Sta­dium.

To be hosted by South African chore­og­ra­pher and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Somizi Mh­longo and award-win­ning co­me­dian Skhumba, who are no strangers to the Tem­bisa crowd, the show prom­ises to be an epic one.

Nasty C, Mlindo The Vo­cal­ist, Sjava, Stilo Magolide, and A-Reece are among the other acts who will be en­ter­tain­ing the crowd at the Christ­mas party.

The OMS party grows with each year, with about 12 000 peo­ple at­tend­ing last year.

The event starts off with a day­time chil­dren’s party for or­phans from Tem­bisa.

In Jan­uary, they re­ceive school shoes from Shimza’s Shimuzic.

He ex­plained he is pas­sion­ate about giv­ing back and wants to do bet­ter for his com­mu­nity.

“I am so ex­cited about this year’s show, we have raised the bar; we have an amaz­ing line-up and, yes, there are more fe­male artists this year as well, which I’m very ex­cited about.

“I’m grate­ful for the sup­port my fans and peers give me.

“We have a great pro­gramme for the kids be­fore the adult party starts.

“Somizi and Skhumba are back as hosts, and I can’t wait for the day,” Shimza said.

He also thanked the City of Ekurhu­leni, adding their help goes a long way to­wards mak­ing the shows a suc­cess.

The Tem­bisa-born DJ is un­de­ni­ably one of Mzansi’s bright­est tal­ents.

This tal­ent has made the tran­si­tion from as­pi­rant young blood to lead­ing light of the global afro house scene at al­most break­neck speed.

Shimza has signed on with a full mu­sic ser­vice agency, which landed him a res­i­dency at the world’s big­gest club, Priv­i­lege, on the hol­i­day is­land of Ibiza in Spain. Tick­ets to OMS are avail­able at com­puticket.co.za

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Shimza.

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