South Coast DJ is making waves as he builds his brand

2019-01-17 06:02

A SOUTH Coast-born DJ has been making waves in an attempt to build a recognisable name for himself.

Mhlengi “Mhlengi_Real” Khuzwayo from Gamalakhe has made it a point to put his skills on display.

It all started in 2013 when Khuzwayo (25) was featured in a poster with the legendary Nkosinathi Maphumulo, better-known as DJ Black Coffee, which is what fuelled his hunger for growth in the music industry.

Khuzwayo has since received airplay on radio stations such as Gagasi FM, Radio Sunny South and Umhlobo Wenene FM.

The DJ and producer aims to add a unique touch to house music, and has a special interest in deep house, Afro and deep electronic house music.

The brother to three siblings said he has always had a passion for music.

“It was during my early teen years when I developed an immense love for music.

“Music is far more powerful than language. Hence, I fell in love with it,” he said.

Apart from making music, Khuzwayo, who attended Gamalakhe Commercial High School, is doing an apprenticeship in electrical engineering at Esayidi TVET College in Boboyi.

He also dreams of growing as a brand and getting to work with as many different, talented artists and producers as possible.

“The journey has been full of ups and downs, as can be expected in the music industry. I have had problems with getting people to relate to the type of music I play, and to my brand.

“Some South Coasters still call me DJ Mhlengi or Mhlengi the DJ. I’m also trying to find a balance between work and school,” he said.

Apart from the challenges, Khuzwayo has also played at Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi, the South Coast Bike Festival and more.

He is now working on releasing a new body of work in February.

“From the project, people can expect to hear house music with touches of jazz-funk, soul and some original percussion sounds and rhythms of the South African culture,” he said.

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