BLACK COFFE SAID YEP! DJ CLEO SAID NEVER

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Aw’ to drive nearly two hundred kilometres when you could walk a mere four kilometres.

Gather around. Yes you lekker nosy people.

Some exciting stuff happenned on Wednesday afternoon, the 25th of May 2022. The unfolding was on the 15th floor of the Hallmark House Hotel in New Doornfontein at the edge of downtown Johannesburg. Beheld at the feet were sightings of the South, North, West and East of the most populous city. Briefly, there was a demonstration by DaKruk on how the ghost of fame could blur a vision. 

LOST IN TRANSLATION COMMUNICATION

First things first, the DaKruk reveal nearly got missed. 

This writer was not there on the first day of the Africa Rising Music Conference. But a lost in translation message got me ready to rush nearly two hundred kilometres away to KwaNdebele in Mpumalanga instead of cruising a four-kilometre stretch to Doorfontein. The invite said conference attendees must be vaccination members in good standing or have an antigen test. Yeah, whatever that is.

So, off to Mpumalanga, I would have gone to collect a vaccine certificate from a family sangoma. You see…, The trust levels run low where the western school of though trained medical doctors got concerned. Selfish interest gets the better of some of them. 

 

In any event, some fantastic stories got gathered for your pleasure. Not in KwaNdebele, where witchcraft is well alive, but in Doorfontein. Maye mna, maNdebele ekhethu khese n’ijame. Lisani ubuloyi assemblief torg. Ng’yan’ rabhela. Things of sorceress aside, we move right along. Did you know DJ Cleo had the same opportunity as Black Coffee to build an international career for himself? 

Did you? Don’t lie now.

Anyway, Dj Cleo got presented with the same opportunity as Black Coffee, to launch into the global world. However, he pooh-poohed the idea of starting from scratch in a foreign country. The story goes that he said Giyani in Limpopo was his playground zenith as a DJ. DaKruk told the story during the long titled session of Everything you wanted to know about Urban culture in South Africa, but you could not find. The panel discussion got facilitated by journalist Sabelo Mkhabela. Panellists were arts administrator Thapelo TTP, Drums Radio Dj DaKruk and Metro FM presenter Dj Sabby. The discussion turned out stimulating.

TIPS FOR YOUNG ONES AND GENERALLY TO ARTISTS 

In addition, there was some be careful advice directed at young artists. Be warned of the popularity or the fame drug. That stuff is so potent it could get you easily fooled. So lost in tomfoolery, you could get tempted to do recording sessions or some other self-sabotage sessions in a bedroom or was it on the couch 🛋?

Busta 929 is it true…, he! That you…?

The point is that those with talent may lose focus on higher career achievements because they are obsessed with fame and fun without a superior vision. Now, umalume we Showbiz uthi, you have done nothing if you merely stand like a statue on a hill in a village as the local star. 

VISION AND ACT ON THE VISION OF YOUR CAREER

Dj Sabby from Metro FM and the other speakers highlighted the importance of artists having plans reflecting their vision. The map should have short-left destinations and medium and long term goals. There was advice on how to find information about achieving your goals. The words of wisdom said to go to the internet. 

Hai! Maan. You Stouter kind. Not to search for porn or get involved in some silly dragging and mudslinging of other kids on social media. You Google, but for those using Huawei, petal search will be the route to take. So, in your search, you write 📝 ‘How to…,’ 

Yes, pen whatever you want to know, click search and vuleki yani amasango. O! Yes, the doors of universal knowledge, opportunities and growth open as sweetly as Ishmael Morabe sang Avulekile Amasango and your questions get answered. Mara yaz’ youth yanamhlanje anina excuse. There was no excuse for not knowing and finding ways to do what you claim you love to do. Career wise, that is. There was so much access to information in the palm of your hands. 

Go ahead, ask your 40 plus year mama or papa how it went down back in the day, and then you will get the point about counting your blessings. Whilst at it, ask your folks to play you the Public Enemy’s Don’t Believe The Hype. You will do well not to take too seriously media and fame hyperbole.

 

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Ms B
Ms B
1 year ago

Very interesting read but this means there’s still more education needed in the industry… just my opinion

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