Dj Maphorisa on collabs and that infamous Dj Cleo tweet
PHOTO: Grace Tembo
It’s no secret that DJ Maphorisa is big on collaborations.
As you walk into the Red Bull studios in Cape Town, you are
met with a vibrant Moonchild dancing around studio as Dj Maphorisa plays their
hit single Midnight Starring.
You can see that this was a song was made in music heaven,
as the two artists perform live for 5fm’s Forbes and Fix show.
After their one hour performance, it doesn’t seem that the
DJ has lost any energy as he sits down to speak about his latest album,
collaborations and his as an internationally recognized DJ.
“We want to take Gqom internationally, we want to mix it
with pop, maybe feature Rihanna there. We just want to make it big,” he said.
The local DJ, who has collaborated with international
artists such as Drake, Wizkid and Major Lazer recently told Drum that there is
plenty more to come.
“I have collaborated with international artists such as
Jason Derulo, Rich Homie Quan, and Trey Songs. You guys are going to love the
new music that comes out of that.”
His recent album Gqom Wave includes over 30 features but he
says his personal favourate songs are definitely Punisha and Midnight starring
– which became an instant hit country wide.
Speaking on his recent tweet about not working with DJ Cleo,
the 40-year-old said that it is all about giving people chances because you
don’t know where those people will be in the next few years.
“Actually I am big fan of Cleo, there was a time when he had
a goof sound but unfortunately what
happened to me happened.”
“I was a young boy then, I think it was 2006 but that
experience has taught me to humble myself.”
He added that he has now learned from the mistakes Djs
before him have made.
“I have now just taken what happened as a lesson and I am
taking their mistakes and rectifying them in my career.”
Speaking about where the South African music industry is heading to, he
said he feel that is it is much easier for people now than it was for him back
in the day.
“If, you’re talented, now all you have to do is put your
video online and there is a huge chance that you could get spotted by someone
“It is not how it was for us where I had to beg someone to
listen to my demo,” he said.