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DJ Missy’s rise to the top

It’s only been six years since Mpho Mogomotsi learnt her way around a DJ mixer, but the Makuta born DJ Missy is already a household name.

A bit reluctant to share her age, DJ Missy’s star has been steadily rising since she learnt how to work the mixer in 2014 at Colastraw Records Academy.

Founded by popular Francistown Disc Jockey, Bonno Ngaka aka DJ Colastraw, the academy has produced three fine ladies who later teamed up to form the group Girls on Decks.

“My interest in music started at an early age. I was fascinated by DJs who always came to play at our school’s talent shows at Mater Spei college,” said Mogomotsi.

She said she started following the likes of South Africa’s DJ Zinhle, and later paid attention to locals such as Gouveia, DJ Bunz and her mentor, Colastraw.

In 2014 together with 14 other girls, Mogomotsi began DJ lessons at Colastraw Records Academy.

“After about a month, there were just three girls remaining. Colastraw came up with the name Girls on Decks and we performed together as a group for over a year, but today only two of us remains,” she said.

DJ Missy also did vocals for the group, which is known for their single “Dance till sunrise”.

“Colastraw continued mentoring me, and taught me how to manage events. He taught me everything I know about the trade today,” said Mogomotsi.

Today the young woman has performed at some of the biggest gigs around the country including Toropo Ya Muka, Goledzwa, Spring Break and Back to the Ghetto.

“I’ve shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry, the likes of Charma Gal, Master KG, Judgement Yard, DJ Fresh and Han C,” she said proudly.

Last year, Missy put her talent to the test and signed up to compete in the annual Presidential Arts Competitions.

She was the only lady out of 30 DJs in the preliminary stage in Selebi Phikwe.

She finished second to book her place in the finals in Gaborone.

“I couldn’t believe I had just beat 27 guys ,” chuckled DJ Missy.

In the final and also as the only lady in the group she finished an impressive third, cementing her position as one of the best female DJs in the country.

“I’ll not compete this year, my wish however is to see more girls in such competitions. That is why I want to grow as a DJ and mentor female DJs, hopefully even own an academy one day,” she said.

The ambitions artist told The Voice that being a female in this male dominated industry has many challenges.

“Sometimes you get a booking and when you arrive at the event venue the promoter starts making sexual advances. You have to stand your ground. Make sure that promoters and sponsors know exactly what you want. I want to be booked because you believe in my talent, not as a favour,” fired DJ Missy.

She however added that being a DJ is a rewarding career if one is focused.

“I’ve two kids that I take care of from the money I make as a DJ. I pay rent, school fees and I’m able to out food on the table simply by making people dance,” DJ Missy cheekily added.

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Zeus to release Pieces of the Now

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Zeus to release Pieces of the Now

One of the few local artists to ever receive the coveted Chanel O award for the category Best Male Award ; Zeus (Game Bantsi ) is currently working on his much awaited album, which he hopes will reignite his 2014 fame.

Voice Entertainment visited Zeus at one of his rehearsals where he is also preparing for his fourth album, which will be called ‘Pieces of the Now’

The last time Zeus released an album was back in 2013 dubbed “African Time”. Commenting on his next offering Zeus said, “The coming album will have about 15 songs but as you can imagine we have not finilised the list. I have featured about four guys in the album one guy called Rane Rap who is based in the US and another rapper from Namibia called Dollars or Yens as well as Owie and ONx Da Poet.
It is a really exciting project that has been a long time coming and I really can’t wait to have it out,” Zeus said.

Catching up on his thoughts on the state of the of Hip Hop at the moment, the “Gijima” rapper said, “Today’s hip hop music is more diverse that it gets credit for. The biggest problem is not that everything had gravitated to one sound, which is an arguable view, the biggest problem is how media covers the current hip hop.”

Asked to elaborate Zeus said, “There aren’t enough acts who are very organic in their appeal who get coverage. There is still a lot of lyricism in the game.”

But who does Zeus believe is the best rapper in BW? The energetic rapper who is also part of the organizing committee of popular Jam4brunch event said, “There are different traits we can look at and each one of those traits someone excels at. Ideally you would want an artist who can bring all those together from flow, to content to multiple perspectives and storytelling. When I think of flow, I think of Veezo View. When I think about say perspective a guy like Frost comes to mind.”

When I think of new age hip hop trap soul kind of vibe a guy like Manne dilla comes to mind, But if I am to name someone who brings it all together I would say arguably ATI. I can’t overlook him. But all the other mentions are special names,” Zeus said.

However there is no MC Zeus will rather not face , “One thing I have maintained is that one should be always ready to fight. I am confident enough to say there is no one I would shy away from if they want to go at it.”

Zues has another collaborative project with rapper Nomadic also expected to be released this year.

In the mean time he has released his single, Gotta get mine, which has shot up the ranks in the local charts.

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Casper the DJ hosts one man show

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Casper the DJ hosts one man show

After being snubbed during the YAMAs nomination, Casper The DJ is not someone to cry over a missed opportunity but work harder.

He will on the 29th February host a One Man Show at Notwane Lifestyle Club.

Gate pass is P50 pre sold and P80 at the gate.

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DJ Bino’s three nominations

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DJ Bino's three nominations

He’s undoubtedly one of the best producers in the country.

In 2019, DJ Bino churned out hit after hit, producing for the likes of Vee Mampeezy and Charma Gal.

It was no surprise when he got three nominations for the sixth edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs) slated for April 25th.

The Letlhakane based DJ was nominated for Best Producer of the Year, Best Dance DJ and for Best Dance Single for his “I’m the girl” hit.

In the Best Producer category he’ll have competition from Abitola, Amo Beatz, Bangu and Flex The Ninja.

In the Best Dance category he was nominated alongside other heavy weights in Chrispin The Drummer, Deelow, German Dollar and Jam-N-I, while he faces tough competition from MK95 (feat Team Deleta), Berrybone (feat Boemo), Kurt Music (feat Artsykii) and DJ Crispin (feat Mel D) in the Best Single category.

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