Young Khayelitsha DJ, Masixole Matshaya, also known as Ed Harris, is living his dream.
The 26-year-old recently signed a record deal with one of the country’s biggest recording labels, Kalawa Jazmee, proving to his peers that all things are possible.
With his love for music dating back to 2006, Ed Harris says he managed to change his mother’s attitude towards music.
In 2006, he said he used to experiment making beats via a computer.
“2009 is when I started producing music, songs for my younger brother,” he said.
At first he said his mother was not supportive. He said she thought he was just playing around.
“She did not understand, but she saw that I was passionate about music and saw something in it. She ended up accepting ...” he said.
After many years of “hustle”, in March 2018, Ed Harris released his hit song Gagashe, featuring Sdudla Somdantso and Pearl.
He said the song became bigger than he imagined. It gave him countrywide recognition.
“I started getting calls from big companies and well-known people in the music industry wanted to sign me or work with me,” he said.
He said when Kalawa Jazzmee approached him this year, he could not refuse the offer because of their reputation in the music industry.
He said he signed a licensing deal with Kalawa, which means everything he does musically will be under them. He says he now plans to release a full album.
Sdudla Somdantso, whose real name is Abongile Ntloko, said it was great working with Ed Harris. She said female artists in Cape Town don’t get any form of recognition.
“I would like to thank Ed Harris for producing a banger beat for the song. In Cape Town it is rare for females get the platform to showcase their craft, but Pearl and I kept pushing until we got recognition,” she said.
Pearl Dyantyi said she was thankful to Ed Harris. She said he did not charge them a cent to make the beats, which is why they loved working with him. The trio have been interviewed in some of the country’s big radio stations.