Deejay academy in Imbali opens

2017-07-05 06:02

LINDA “DJ Linda” Mngadi and events organiser Fano Gumede recently opened a deejay academy to teach aspiring deejays about the skills and technicalities needed for deejaying.

The academy in Imbali initially started in September last year because the two deejays saw the need to support local talent to help their careers.

“We want to recruit young, and female deejays. We want to teach them how to use turntables and CD jays. We want to teach, too, the theory behind deejaying as well as the practical playing,” said Mngadi.

The course is for six weeks.

“But when those six weeks are up, if we feel you are not ready to go out and play we will add more time to the course,” said Gumede.

The course runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm.

Mngadi said since the inception of the academy 15 deejays have enrolled.

Those wishing to enrol at the academy must pay a R1000 deposit. The six-week course costs R2 500, payable on completion of it.

“It can be broken into two categories - those wanting to use CD jays pay R1 500 and those that wish to learn how to use turntables pay R1 000,” he said.

Gumede said the added advantage of enrolling at the academy is that students get a crash course on events management.

“Because Linda and I have knowledge and experience in this, it means students will benefit,” said Gumede.

He added that academy students will also get the opportunity to “shadow” him and DJ Linda when they play at events in and around Pietermaritzburg.

“The academy is the perfect platform for young people, especially women, who want to enter the music industry,” Mngadi said.

Enrollees do not need their own equipment as this is provided by the academy.

“Students choose which genre they wish to play in and we teach them the basics of beat mixing and the art behind deejaying,” said Gumede.

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