DJ takes SA by storm

2019-07-18 06:00
Makalang ‘Jive Maweekend’ Matlakengmqong from Nomzamo is making waves in the music industry with his song titled Umnqongo.PHOTO: VELANI LUDIDI

Makalang ‘Jive Maweekend’ Matlakengmqong from Nomzamo is making waves in the music industry with his song titled Umnqongo.PHOTO: VELANI LUDIDI

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Makalang “Jive Maweekend” Matlakeng is taking the country by storm with his single “Umnqongo”, featuring Big Mike from Langa and Abafana Bomsindo from the Helderberg.

The 26-year-old from Nomzamo, was a semi-finalist in last’s year producer search competition, the Viceroy Makoya challenge. He is still reeling from the response he has received to the song.

“We were sitting around on a Sunday when we had this word umnqongo, which is a word used to request something singular like a beer or a snack, depending on the context. Then we put a beat to it and the song was complete.”

Well-known producer Lulo Café, gqom queen Busiswa Ngqula and presenter Ntando Duma could not stop praising the song on the social media platforms, asking for the name of the person behind the tune.

The song has since been playlisted on national radio stations such as Metro FM and Umhlobo Wenene. Currently, the song is number three on Itunes.

“I never expected this to happen and I have received calls from big musicians, requesting to work with me. I am taking everything step by step to make sure I cut the best deal that works for me,” Matlakeng said

The resident deejay for popular hangout Umtata Lounge said his brand has grown since the song went national. “Bookings are now coming in, people want to see me play and I receive support from people I don’t know,” he related.

For now though, he is working on promoting the song and producing a music video. “I want to enjoy the wave for now and push the song,” he said. “We will shoot a music video so that people can watch the enjoy on their TVs.”

The last time a Cape artist had a big song it was produced in Durban and the artist had to fight for his song’s rights.

“I did everything right; I registered the song and made sure that which had happened last time to the artists wouldn’t happen to me,” Matlakeng said.

The song allegedly stolen by Durban’s Nuzz Queen is “Idimoni” by Ed Harris, who signed-up with Kalawa Jazzme Records after the debacle.

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