Major League DJz on their global aspirations – ‘We want to take over the world and go to the Grammys’

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Major League Djz, Banele and Bandile have a new reality TV show on MTV Base.
Major League Djz, Banele and Bandile have a new reality TV show on MTV Base.

Their assignment is quite clear, take piano to the world. This is the perfect time to export an authentically South African sound to the world, they believe. 

Major League DJz, Banele and Bandile Mbere say now is the time they have been waiting for in the 10 years they have been in the industry. They are already in full motion and pushing their dreams.

We catch up with them while they are overseas collaborating with UK-based artists. 

And MTV Base viewers will get to see all the exciting things that have been happening in their lives in their new reality TV show, Inside: Major League which premieres on 19 August. 

It’s an exciting time for the country’s music scene, the Dinaledi hitmakers tell us. 

Before going overseas, they were in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria. They headed over to Colombia, where parties are full to capacity and crowds are going crazy over piano. 

“We want to take over the world and go to the Grammys. It’s not like we have to but I am going to make it happen,” Bandile says. 

Although they were introduced to the industry as  hip-hop djs, the pair has been able to transition into any sound that’s influenced culture. 

"We want to take over the world and go to the Grammys. It’s not like we have to but we are going to make it happen."

“Our background is new age kwaito which was commercialised kwaito. The singles we used to release while we were hip hop deejays, we would try different sounds in the kwaito space. Singles like Slyza Tsotsi, Zulu Girls and Let’s Get It. 

“When people ask us about amapiano, that’s why we say we knew about piano a long time ago because it comes from kwaito. The base of it is all kwaito so the transition wasn’t that hard.

"We used to push the sound, that’s why they call us the pioneers of new age kwaito,” Bandile says.

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Banele says he was always frustrated that new age kwaito didn’t blow up outside of South Africa and often wondered how to possibly introduce to the world. 

“It was frustrating, asking ourselves how do we become big acts of this genre? How do we get attention? With this recognition and people listening to amapiano, people streaming the music it feels so nice,” Banele says. 

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Their reality TV show will zoom in on their lives while traveling and show how their amapiano is embraced all over the world.

“People should watch because they will see the twins’ day-to-day lives and how we have stayed consistent for the last 10 years. And also they will get to understand the business of music - what really goes on in the industry, how harsh it is, how nice it can be as well. 

“The will get to see us on adventures and on our travels,” Banele says.

The popular teen, referred to as a amapiano culture pioneer, Uncle Vinny will also be part of the show. 

Viewers can expect a bit of drama too, the duo confirms.  

To those wishing to ever make it in the music business, Banele says, simply keep true to yourself.

"Don’t think people are not watching even if you have one or two followers. Keep working, a lot of people stop working when they think no one is watching or paying attention to them.

"Be inspired - as a creative you always have to stay inspired. Don’t keep doing the same thing, have different experiences and meet new people and network and get yourself out there."

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