Major signing for Durban’s masked composer

2016-04-11 10:26
Sketchy Bongo is KZN’s young and talented music producer behind some of the country’s biggest hits.

Sketchy Bongo is KZN’s young and talented music producer behind some of the country’s biggest hits. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Regarded as one of South Africa’s brightest stars in the music industry, Durban-born music composer Yuvir Pillay — better known as Sketchy Bongo — has scored a major record deal with Ultra Music and Sony in the United States.

Pillay said he has an exciting year ahead with shows planned for the States and in Europe. He will be releasing two more singles this year, which he said may or may not include international artists.

“Later this year I will be releasing an album, which will definitely feature some big names in the international music industry,” he said.

Pillay joins a list of recognised international acts including Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki, just a few of the names signed to Ultra Music artists roster.

His deal with the international record companies stems from the play listing of one his tracks on BBC radio. “The guys from New York called me up and we have been working for the deal since the beginning of the year. I’m very excited and it is great to work with people who are passionate about music and for your music to be heard all over the world,” he said.

Pillay said he was also excited that music produced from a small Durban studio was being taken seriously on the international scene.

“I am very humbled by this. It means people are finally paying attention to what musicians in South Africa and Africa can do,” he said.

The masked music sensation is recognised as the producer behind the keys on South African chart toppers, which include the gold-certified single Back to the beach by other Durban talents, Kyle Deutsch and Shekhinah Donnell, and A week ago by local rapper Aewon Wolf.

He also produced Deutsch’s All night and teamed up with Donnell for Let you know, the track and music video which is set to be the first of his distributed internationally by Sony across radio and TV stations around the world. Pillay has also worked with the likes of industry heavyweights AKA, JR, Danny K, Jimmy Nevis and Khuli Chana.

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