DJ Maphorisa on money, fame and industry peers being jealous of his success

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DJ Maphorisa had just finished performing at Tik Tok’s first- ever Amapiano festival in Kempton Park, in the East Rand, when we grabbed him for a quick chat. The man, who is known for being the pioneer of South Africa’s No 1 music genre, Amapiano, shared his musical journey with us.

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He tells TRUELOVE that he owes his success to Kalawa Jazmee, the recording label that has given him an opportunity to do what he loves.

“I’ve always envisioned myself being  successful. When I got my first computer and realised that I could produce, I started making beats and became a DJ. That’s when I knew that I would one day go far,” he says.

He adds that Mjakes from Kalawa Jazmee gave him his big break and told him that he had talent that needed to be nurtured. He shares that his love for Amapiano was influenced by his travels.

“I’ve travelled to different countries and got to experience different beats and dances. That has helped with my music.”

But DJ Maphorisa, who is at the height of his career, is not without controversy. He believes that some of his industry peers are jealous of him.

“I think they are jealous of me because they stick to one thing and I’m all about diversity. It makes them mad that I’m a versatile artist,” he says.

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For the first time, the star also addresses his feud with rapper Cassper Nyovest. He tells TRUELOVE that they’ve smoked the peace pipe and they are now “fine”. “We have managed to fix things. We have sorted out our issues. Cassper and I are cool,” he insists.

DJ Maphorisa says even though he’s making a lot of money, there’s always room for more.

“Yes, I’m making a lot of money, but I believe that I can make more with the current moves that I’m making. There’s a lot of money to be made in this genre, but some artists are stuck in their own ways and they don’t want to explore,” he says.

 

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