House star DJ Lulo Cafe

By Drum Digital
18 August 2010

FROM club to pub and tavern to shebeen, one song has become synonymous with party fanatics countrywide.

Pure Surprise is a dance floor filler guaranteed to send revellers into a frenzy the instant it hits the speakers – and the artist who brought it to us along with his hotly-anticipated debut album, Deep House Chronicles Two, is the man of the moment. DJ Lulo Café (real name Sikhululo Maliwa) has recently released his sophomore compilation called What About Soul? and has proved he’s a force to be reckoned with. We sit down with the gorgeous 29-year-old to find out more about him.

You’re doing really well in the music biz–what’s your secret?

You have to stay focused and remain true to your goal. If you’re in it just for the celebrity status or perks you may as well get out because appearing all over TV doesn’t pay. What really pays off is hard work.

Have you managed tostay the same person you were before you became a success?

Yes, I like to think so, and I’m happy about it. At times, with all the attention deejays get, I feel like exploding but then I calm myself and remember why I’m in this business – for the love.

Have you always known you wanted a career in entertainment?

I’ve always loved music but I wasn’t sure how well it would pay, so I studied hospitality management at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein.

I grew up in Zamdela in Sasolburg and Bloem was the biggest and closest town. But I dropped out of my studies in 2003 – I just wasn’t feeling what I was doing. I didn’t go home though; I was afraid to go back without anything to show for it.

You know how it is in the townships... people see you as a failure if you come back with nothing.

So what did you do?

I got myself a job at a local Musica store, earning R270 a week. It was tough because that was the only money I had to survive but I couldn’t bring myself to call my parents and ask for help.

I just made sure I learnt as much about music as I could while I was at Musica. It was part of my plan.

Where were you iving at the time?

I rented a dilapidated back room in Phahameng, a dodgy township in the heart of Bloemfontein. I remember those days like they were yesterday.

All I had was a piece of sponge to sleep on, a duvet, a two-bar heater and a blue bucket I used to wash with. Those were dark days. I detached myself from the world and locked myself indoors with my depression. But I believe even though those days were my lowest point they made me hungrier for success.

I learnt so much. Still, I firmly believe if it hadn’t been for my upbringing I wouldn’t have made it.

Read the full article in DRUM of 26 Augsut 2010

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